Swans reunited after tragedy

The team at Cuan Wildlife Rescue have some amazing stories to tell about the animals they care for and their latest rescue, a family of swans have been bought back together after tragedy struck.

Earlier in the week a pair of swans from a Newport canal had welcomed their new cygnets and were swimming happily. However, the male swan soon became aware of an over inquisitive coot, which soon provoked him to violence.

The cob attacked and killed the coot after he saw it observing his babies, but in the chaos that followed unfortunately several of the cygnets were killed and eggs trampled.

“It was like a horror scene,” said Fran Hill, who manages the rescue centre near Much Wenlock.

Volunteers were able to take the pen, her cygnets and some eggs away but the cob was too aggressive to contain so he was left on the canal alone.

Mother and babies recovered overnight and were returned to the canal on Tuesday to re-introduce them to the father, who dashed straight over when he realised what the humans were dropping off!

“It was a very harrowing day,” said Fran, the cob swan was left all alone, not knowing what was happening to his family – it was very upsetting, but seeing them happily reunited made it all worth while.”




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