Sometimes youths can do some cruel and idiotic things, like throwing bricks at a swan's nest. That was just the start of a tough time for the swan. The female swan died of a broken heart after losing her cygnets and her cob.
The swan had built a big and beautiful nest along the bank of the Manchester Canal in Bolton where she laid six eggs in hopes of starting a family.
However, as the Manchester Evening News reported, a group of teenage boys ruined the swan's life by throwing bricks at the nest, destroying half of her eggs.
Wildlife activists had been monitoring the swan's nest in hopes that the rest of the eggs would survive. They believe that the cob, the male swan, ran off two weeks ago due to stress.
Days after the first incident, two more of the eggs were lost, leaving only one little survivor. Tragically, days after that, the female swan was found dead in her nest and activists can only place blame on a broken heart. Wildlife activist Sam Woodrow told the Manchester Evening News:
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.
Another activist Michael Mason wrote a moving post on the All About Bolton Facebook group:
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.
Her mate left her on her own and sadly I was informed this morning she was found slumped in her nest dead. Just feel like crying as I have followed her progress for about 12 weeks.
Swans are precious to the UK and are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. An RSPCA spokesperson gave their condolences about the swan's tragic passing and have decided to launch an investigation into the incident:
This is a really sad development and it is very upsetting to hear about the death of this poor swan. We are investigating the previous distressing incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact our appeals line on 0300 123 8018.