Man has been best pals with a SWAN for decades in Turkey

An unusual friendship between a Turkish man and a swan he rescued has endured for decades.

Retired postman Recep Mirzan found Garip, a female swan, 37 years ago in Turkey´s western Edirne province.

Mirzan and a group of friends were taking a shortcut in their car when they noticed the swan, with a broken wing, in an empty field. Mirzan immediately took the swan in to protect her from predators and kept her in the car until that afternoon, when he was able to take the swan to his home.

Since then, Garip has lived on the man´s farm in the Karaagac region, bordering Greece.

Garip follows Mirzan whenever she is out of her pen, accompanying him when he is doing his chores around the farm or for his evening walks.

‘Since I love animals, I said to myself that I should take her home instead of leaving her as prey to foxes,’ Mirzan told The Associated Press, recounting the day he took Garip in. ‘We got used to each other. We never separated.’

Recep Mirzan, a 63-year-old retired postman seats with Garip, a female swan that he rescued 37 years ago, in his farmhouse outside Karaagac

Recep Mirzan, a 63-year-old retired postman seats with Garip, a female swan that he rescued 37 years ago, in his farmhouse outside Karaagac

Recep Mirzan, a 63-year-old retired postman seats with Garip, a female swan that he rescued 37 years ago, in his farmhouse outside Karaagac

Mirzan found the swan, wounded with a broken wing, in an empty field and took her to his home to protect her from wildlife

Mirzan found the swan, wounded with a broken wing, in an empty field and took her to his home to protect her from wildlife

Mirzan found the swan, wounded with a broken wing, in an empty field and took her to his home to protect her from wildlife

Mirzan and Garip live in the man's farm and the swan follows the man whenever he is out of his pen accompanying him when he is doing his chores around the farm

Mirzan and Garip live in the man's farm and the swan follows the man whenever he is out of his pen accompanying him when he is doing his chores around the farm

Mirzan and Garip live in the man’s farm and the swan follows the man whenever he is out of his pen accompanying him when he is doing his chores around the farm

Mirzan named the swan 'Garip,' which translates as 'bizarre' but is also used to describe those who are down on their luck

Mirzan named the swan 'Garip,' which translates as 'bizarre' but is also used to describe those who are down on their luck

Mirzan named the swan ‘Garip,’ which translates as ‘bizarre’ but is also used to describe those who are down on their luck 

Mirzan named the swan ‘Garip,’ which translates as ‘bizarre’ but is also used to describe those who are down on their luck.

After Garip´s broken wing healed, the swan stayed with Mirzan and also befriended the cats and dogs in the area.

Garip spends most of her time out of her pen and has never tried to run away from Mirzan´s farmstead.

A widower with no children, the 63-year-old Mirzan says Garip has been loyal to him and chose to stay at his side. Mirzan considers the swan his child.

Living with Mirzan has obviously been beneficial for Garip. 

According to the U.K.-based Swan Sanctuary, the average lifespan for a swan in the wild is 12 years. 

It says that, in protected environments, they can live up to 30 years.

'Since I love animals, I said to myself that I should take her home instead of leaving her as prey to foxes,' Mirzan told The Associated Press

'Since I love animals, I said to myself that I should take her home instead of leaving her as prey to foxes,' Mirzan told The Associated Press

 ‘Since I love animals, I said to myself that I should take her home instead of leaving her as prey to foxes,’ Mirzan told The Associated Press

According to the U.K.-based Swan Sanctuary, the average lifespan for a swan in the wild is 12 years

According to the U.K.-based Swan Sanctuary, the average lifespan for a swan in the wild is 12 years

 According to the U.K.-based Swan Sanctuary, the average lifespan for a swan in the wild is 12 years

The relationship has been beneficial for the swan who has enjoyed a long life

The relationship has been beneficial for the swan who has enjoyed a long life

 The relationship has been beneficial for the swan who has enjoyed a long life

Swans in protected environments can live up to 30 years, according to the Swan Sanctuary

Swans in protected environments can live up to 30 years, according to the Swan Sanctuary

 Swans in protected environments can live up to 30 years, according to the Swan Sanctuary 

Garip the swan also follows her rescuer whenever he goes for his morning or evening walks

Garip the swan also follows her rescuer whenever he goes for his morning or evening walks

Garip the swan also follows her rescuer whenever he goes for his morning or evening walks

A widower with no children, the 63-year-old Mirzan says Garip has been loyal to him and chose to stay at his side. Mirzan considers the swan his child

A widower with no children, the 63-year-old Mirzan says Garip has been loyal to him and chose to stay at his side. Mirzan considers the swan his child

 A widower with no children, the 63-year-old Mirzan says Garip has been loyal to him and chose to stay at his side. Mirzan considers the swan his child

Garip spends most of her time out of her pen and has never tried to run away from Mirzan´s farmstead

Garip spends most of her time out of her pen and has never tried to run away from Mirzan´s farmstead

 Garip spends most of her time out of her pen and has never tried to run away from Mirzan´s farmstead

After Garip´s broken wing healed, the swan stayed with Mirzan and also befriended the cats and dogs in the area

After Garip´s broken wing healed, the swan stayed with Mirzan and also befriended the cats and dogs in the area

 After Garip´s broken wing healed, the swan stayed with Mirzan and also befriended the cats and dogs in the area

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