ANIMAL welfare officers have expressed their fears for the health of a bevy of swans after a diesel spill in a Dublin park.
An investigation was launched after a pipe carrying the fuel burst close to Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock.
Six birds are feared to have swallowed a quantity of diesel.
The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals today confirmed that its officials removed three of the swans from the infected pond.
They will be cared for in a DSPCA centre for six weeks before being returned to their natural habitat.
However, there are fears for the health of the remaining swans which are still in the vicinity of the affected pond.
According to the charity, officials will today attempt to locate the animals and bring them in for treatment.
"The three swans in our care at the moment are juveniles," DSCPA spokesman Gillian Bird told the Herald.
"Our officials will later attempt to remove two adult swans from the area. However, we do have fears for a fourth juvenile who we have been unable to locate. That swan could have fled to a different part of the park and there is the possibility that the animal is dead."
Ms Bird added the charity is keen to find out how the spill occurred.
She said: "Dublin City Council are saying there was a crack in the pipe but we are concerned about why it was carrying diesel in the first place. It's believed it may have come from an industrial park.
"The swans will remain in our care for six weeks because they need to be properly washed. There is also concern about the potential knock-on effect to other wildlife in the area."
Dublin City Council investigated the cause of the spill, which it said has now been contained.
However, the council added it has so far been unable to determine the cause.
A spokesman said: "Inspections of the pond and further downstream as far as the river out-fall to the bay showed there was minimal environmental impact and no further actions were warranted."