Swan in mourning brings German trains to a halt for nearly an hour

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It was a cygnet failure.

A broken-hearted swan mourning its dead mate recently brought trains to a halt for almost an hour on a high-speed rail line in central Germany, according to reports.

The sad swan refused to abandon the tracks for 50 minutes on Dec. 23 after its companion flew into the overhead electric line above and died, the Guardian said.

Swans typically mate for life, according to Agence France-Presse — making the partner’s death all the more crushing.

The grieving fowl “sat beside the body in mourning, resisting attempts by officials to lure it away,” according to the French wire service. Twenty-three trains were delayed as a result.

Firefighters eventually caught the bird and released it into the Fulda River.

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