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Swan bites man as he tries to take a selfie (VIDEO)

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This surly swan may make you think twice about taking (another) selfie today

If this video proves anything, it's that selfies can be bad for your health. Seriously — the mere act of taking one can incite swan rioting and public ridicule. Just ask this guy.

There he was, poor fella, just enjoying the scenery and watching the majestic swans mosey around the pond when he was apparently seized by a thought: "But first, let me take a selfie."

Then he was seized again... only this time, it was by a swan.

As the unsuspecting man was merely trying to artfully compose his frame, the wily bird stretched its neck over the chain-link fence and latched on to the guy's back. From the looks of the welt, it was probably pretty painful. I guess that gives new meaning to the expression "goose bump," eh?

This surly swan may make you think twice about taking (another) selfie today

For the record, though, that selfie turned out pretty damn good. Still, consider this your PSA for the day. The message? Always practice safe selfies.

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