A swan whose unborn children were killed when a group of teenage boys smashed her nest with bricks has died of a “broken heart”.
The young men were spotted throwing bricks and rocks along the Manchester Canal in Kearsley, Bolton on May 20, Manchester Evening News reported.
They were apparently aiming for the island where the swans had left their eggs, and only three of the six survived.
Wildlife activists said the male swan left the nest around two weeks ago and had not returned since due to stress. They also said more eggs had been lost in recent weeks, meaning only one remained.
Then last week, the female swan was found dead in her nest. Wildlife activist, Sam Woodrow, told MEN, "There's not much I can say really."
"She probably died of a broken heart as she had a partner for life and he was driven away by stress," he said.
Facebook user Michael Mason also said in the All About Bolton Facebook group last week: "I really don't want to do this post today because it comes with great sadness."
"I have tried to keep you updated on this swan who laid six eggs, three were destroyed by youths, she has then been harassed by dogs jumping in and harassed by a duck and moor hen and two more eggs were lost leaving her with one egg," Mason wrote.
Saying that he learned that she died that morning, he said "Just feel like crying as I have followed her progress for about 12 weeks."