Outrage as adult swan killed while defending its nest at popular walking spot
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Published 17/05/2016 | 16:43
Local residents have voiced their outrage following the death of an adult swan at a popular walking spot.
This male cob swan was defending its female and nest with three eggs when it was attacked and killed by at least one dog, according to the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The incident occurred just outside Carrigaline on the Crosshaven road yesterday morning - an area where many families and walkers frequent.
"Many walkers, students and families would stop off and have a look at the Swans making their nest and eagerly await the first egg, something these beautiful birds have done for many years," a CSPCA spokesperson said.
The pen swan has been left terrified following the attack and the eggs are now in an incubator with volunteers with a local Irish wildlife group.
"These birds are fully protected by law, we are asking anyone who is walking their dogs near nesting birds to do it responsibly and keep them on a lead to prevent further harm like this," the CSPCA spokesperson advised.
"Dog owners regardless of the breed they own must keep their dogs under control at all times."