A swan in the United Kingdom died after its nest was smashed with rocks. Teenage boys in Kearsley were spotted throwing rocks and bricks along the Manchester Canal on May 20. It’s believed the swan died from a “broken heart.”
Activists said the swan left the nest around two weeks ago and hasn’t returned. More eggs were lost after the incident and just one remained a before the mother’s death. The female swan was found dead in her nest, about a month after the incident.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said, “This is a really sad development and it is very upsetting to hear about the death of this poor swan. We are investigating the previous distressing incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact our appeals line on 0300 123 8018. Swans, their nests and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.”
Wildlife activist, Sam Woodrow, told the Manchester Evening News, “There’s not much I can say really. She probably died of a broken heart as she had a partner for life and he was driven away by stress.”
Michael Mason also said in the All About Bolton Facebook group last week, “I really don’t want to do this post today because it comes with great sadness. I have tried to keep you updated on this swan who laid six eggs, three were destroyed by youths, she has then been harassed by dogs jumping in and harassed by a duck and moor hen and two more eggs were lost leaving her with one egg,” Mason wrote. After learning of her death, Mason said: “Just feel like crying as I have followed her progress for about 12 weeks.”
See tragic photos of the nest and attack, below:
UK: Swan 'dies from a broken heart' after teenagers destroy nest and eggs 😭😭😭😭
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