You don’t have to love birds to love swans. They are beautiful and elegant and it seems as if they can capture your heart, just by watching them. Swans are also interesting in that they mate in the winter and lay their eggs in April, and stay by the nest for up to 45 days while they incubate.
They also share duties. The female takes care of the eggs and the male keeps an eye out for predators and intruders. They do a good job of it, but one species that seems to be the biggest problem are humans.
A swan rehabilitation center, Swan Support, reported some sad news. They take care of injured swans and those that are ill in the Thames Valley of South East England. Unfortunately, they noticed that some swans were being attacked cruelly near West Berkshire during the coronavirus lockdown.
Swan Support reported that one swan was shot while investing near Berkshire, England.
NESTING #SWAN #SHOT IN HEAD Wednesday 22nd April,Thatcham in Berkshire. #Swan on the nest with four eggs.Stable after having shot removed. Her Majesty's Swan Marker has been informed.
Any information, please contact @ThamesVP on 101, quoting ref no: 43200122152. pic.twitter.com/JJ4mKfxg77
— SwanSupport (@swan_support) April 24, 2020
It seems as if five swans were shot with an air rifle recently. One was shot in the head while she was watching over her unhatched eggs.
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The rescue saw what happened and they took her eggs to the Swan Support center.
An 8 mm ball had to be removed from the Swan.
Fortunately, the Swan was able to make a full recovery but five other swans passed away from the attacks.
The rescue recently posted a video showing the Swan being reunited with her mate. Swans mate for life, which made this even more touching.
UPDATE#Swan that was #shot in the head whilst sat on her nest in Thatcham has been reunited with her mate. She had surgery to remove the shot from the base of her skull. She has recovered very well. The video is the first moments of their reunion. pic.twitter.com/vEB2YhwqAI
— SwanSupport (@swan_support) May 5, 2020