NATURE lovers at Woolston were heartbroken this morning when they discovered a dead swan in the grass beside the Manchester Ship Canal near the entrance to the Woolston Eyes reserve.
There were no obvious signs of attack by a predator as there were no feathers scattered around the area.
Another resident reported having seen “Swan Wars” with between eight or nine swans fighting in the area on Sunday morning so whether there was a territorial dispute is unclear.
One of the dead bird’s legs had been severed.
Territory disputes are known to occur and often result in fighting to the death, usually resulting in drowning.
The RSPCA also attended another swan in the area on Friday evening.
The incident has been reported to the authorities.
Local resident Jm Hunter said: “Swans mate for life and usually stay in the same area and nesting site so, sadly it looks like we may now have two lonely swans on our waterways.”
Swans are protected and catching/hunting them is against the law and Queen Elizabeth technically Owns All the Unmarked Swans in the U.K.