This falcon is a hybrid that was artificially bred in captivity, likely a cross between a Peregrine and a Merlin. He is also a human imprint. He was found starving in a park, soliciting food from humans, likely less than 24 hours from death.
Squirt is a very calm falcon and is a wonderful education bird. Although he is a cross between two species he still clearly shows all the typical falcon characteristics which allows the audience to learn more about falcons generally. His story also highlights the reason why human imprinted birds cannot be released to the wild. - Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
The White Swan – the immortal symbol of purity, loyalty and romance. The symbol of grace and redemption.
In the perfectly graceful forms of these birds, there is something enchanting that, at a glance to such birds forcing one to feel elevated and spiritualized, raising in a person a desire to improve and purify oneself and become nobler.
In the times of pagan Russia, killing a Swan was forbidden, because it was a sacred/holy animal and were placed above the other birds, as evidenced, for example, a fairy-tale story about the choice of “the King of all birds”, which becomes the white swan. The beauty of this bird has created many legends about Swan-Maidens who own the secret drink of immortality. Fairy White Swan - the owner of the water of life and the apples of youth.
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, 1831 Aleksandr Pushkin
The ballet “Swan Lake”, 1875–76 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
The Swan Princess, 1900 Mikhail Vrubel