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Long and elegant necks intertwined with each other, forming a perfect heart shape–this is what swan couples do during their courtship ritual. Historically, these majestic birds were owned by the king or queen of the United Kingdom. It was believed that “all unmarked mute swans in open water” belonged to the royal family.
With this in mind, these creatures are proof of nature’s complex beauty and should be protected at all costs. However, the sad reality is that these animals are being hunted for leisure activities. In fact, a slew of swan killings was reported in the past week where four swans got injured and one was shot dead. The latest incident happened last April 22 in Thatcham, Berkshire, where the fifth swan was shot using an air rifle while taking care of her unhatched eggs.
According to the Daily Mail Online, the Charity Swan Support conducted an operation to successfully remove an 8mm pellet lodged in the swan’s head. Her eggs were then handed over to the support center and will be returned to the pen (mother swan) once she fully recovers.
The authorities are now investigating similar attacks that happened 10 days ago. The Queen’s Swan Marker, who supervises the swan rescue, said he was shocked to know that the female swan was tending to her eggs before the “mindless cruelty” happened.
The police are encouraging anyone who witnessed the crime to report it immediately.
In an interview with the news organization, Wendy Hermon of Swan Support explained that the defenseless bird had blood all over its head when they found her.
“She’s very subdued but she’s okay and will hopefully make a full recovery.”
Just like humans, animals deserve to be loved and respected. Rather than treating them with violence, the world will be a better place without cruelty. And we’re hoping that the perpetrator will be served with the appropriate punishment.
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