The swan is without a doubt the most intriguing and graceful bird on the planet. Unfortunately, some humans are incapable of appreciating an animal’s beauty and do unspeakable harm. The nesting season has just begun; mating happens over the winter, and by the end of April, they will have incubated their eggs for 32 to 45 days, during which time the female will protect the nest and the male will keep an eye out for predators.
Wendy Hermon, director of operations for Swan Support, relayed tragic news from the area of West Berkshire, where a swan was shot in the head while breeding quietly with her spouse, via social media.
Wendy explained to The Dodo:
“Both swans were shot in a lake in Thatcham, Berkshire, when the female was sitting on her eggs.”
Five swans were shot with compressed air weapons, one of which was wounded in the head while caring her eggs, prompting the local police to launch an inquiry.
They relocated the wounded swan’s eggs to the support center after ministering to it. An 8mm bullet was retrieved from the site by veterinarians.
Fortunately, the swan survived the attack and recovered successfully; unfortunately, one of the five attacked Swans did not.
“The finest part of what we do is releasing swans back into the wild following therapy; it’s incredibly fulfilling, especially when you get to witness reunion.”
Following these occurrences, Swan Support released a video showing the swan reconnecting with his life mate after fully recuperating from his injuries. In the video, both swans approach him till they softly caress his cheeks.
The rescuers were delighted to see this encounter.
Wendy made the following observation:
“It was incredible; they continued conversing and reaching out to each other.” It was an extremely emotional experience.”
The surge in these heinous attacks on swans has the rehabilitation facility in the United Kingdom sounding the alarms. The swans are the property of the queen, hence any harm to one of them is a crime punished by the English police.