Swan Dies From 'Broken Heart' After Cruel Teenagers Kill Her Unborn Cygnets With Bricks

Swan Dies From 'Broken Heart' After Cruel Teenagers Kill Her Unborn Cygnets With Bricks

The unfortunate disturbance reportedly stressed the male swan who left the nest two weeks ago and didn't return. Recently the sad mother swan died.

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A heartbroken mother swan passed away after cruel vandals reportedly crushed her unhatched eggs with bricks. The upsetting incident unfolded last month in Bolton, Great Manchester, when a group of teenage boys hurled rocks and bricks at unborn cygnets and killed them. On May 20, the ruthless boys were spotted throwing rocks and bricks at the swan's nest along the Manchester Canal in Kearsley. The mother swan, who has been said to have died earlier this week from a "broken heart," passed away shortly after the father swan disappeared, reports Manchester Evening News


People who witnessed the heartless act revealed that the teens were aiming for the island where the swans had created a nest. Furthermore, they said that the rocks thrown by the boys damaged three out of six eggs. Apart from them, wildlife activists monitoring the swans said that more eggs were lost during the recent weeks leaving behind only one surviving egg. They added that the father swan was driven out of the nest two weeks ago due to stress and that he has not returned ever since. To add to the mother swan's misery, she had been harassed by ducks, moorhens, and a dog after the first attack on her unhatched eggs. Then earlier this week, she was tragically found dead in her nest, revealed heartbroken activists. 


"There's not much I can say really," said activist Sam Woodrow. "She probably died of a broken heart as she had a partner for life and he was driven away by stress." Swans generally mate for life and are often known to die of heartbreak if they lose their partners, according to Swan Lifeline. The news was shared by Michael Mason on Facebook reports Daily Mail. It read: Her mate left her on her own and sadly I was informed this morning she was found slumped in her nest dead. I just feel like crying. Per a report by Mirror, if the partner of a swan disappears or is killed, the surviving mate undergoes a grieving process similar to humans. They either fly off to join another flock, find a new stretch of water, or remain exactly in the area where it is. 


"This is a really sad development and it is very upsetting to hear about the death of this poor swan," shared a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). "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." The news comes after the Met police launched an investigation into a man who allegedly booted a cygnet in Richmond Park in south-west London. The incident took place on June 8, when the jogger allegedly kicked a newly-hatched cygnet and left the tiny bird with brain damage. Unfortunately, it passed away two days later at a sanctuary in Shepperton, Surrey. The suspect was described as a white male in his 60s wearing black running shorts, a vest, and a running top with a logo on it. He was 5 feet and 6 inches tall and appeared to be balding. 


Then last week, a swan and her three cygnets were killed with catapults used by teenagers. The incident, which took place near Eisey Footbridge in Wiltshire, was shared on Facebook by 'The Only Way is Cricklade' on June 13. We have had some awful reports of teenagers with catapults attacking swans. One witness advised us that they killed three cygnets and a mother swan last night. They may have killed others as well. This is awful news. A cash reward has been offered for information that leads to a conviction, read the post. 


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