The RSPCA is appealing for information after a family of swans was attacked in a popular Middlesbrough park.
The male swan was found dead at the edge of the lake in Albert Park, and all the eggs smashed. The female was in distress nearby.
The charity was called after the extremely upsetting discovery was made this morning (Wednesday 26 April).
It’s thought metal fences put up by local people to help protect the birds whilst they nested may have been thrown at them.
RSPCA inspector Krissy Raine said: “I can’t imagine what would possess someone to do such an evil thing.
“It was an absolutely heartbreaking scene. The male seemed to have suffered a broken neck. The female was in distress on the water and when I picked up one of the smashed eggs she came over to me and started nuzzling at the remains.
“The strength of the bond between pairs of swans isn’t a myth, as anyone who has seen a separated pair re-united can testify.
“Local people have been keeping an eye on the birds – they’d even put up metal fencing and signs to try to protect them – and are understandably extremely upset.”
The RSPCA attended at around 7.45am this morning, after a member of the public called the police who called us.
“I took the swans to a local vet practice where the female is under sedation and on a drip at the moment,” said inspector Raine.
“It seems like this incident must have happened late last night. I want to hear from anyone who saw anything or knows anything.
“There are potentially some really serious offences here. Swans, their nests and eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.”
If you can help please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for inspector Raine.
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