Disgust as swan found beheaded in Marshfield

South Wales Argus: Peter Martin, Swan Rescue South Wales Co-ordinator  (2804000) Peter Martin, Swan Rescue South Wales Co-ordinator (2804000)

RESIDENTS told of their disgust after a cygnet was found beheaded in Marshfield on Sunday afternoon.

A woman who lives nearby said: “The person who did this is either insane or sick and if they are capable of doing that they are capable of anything."

It was found floating in the Drenewydd Reen between Pentwyn Terrace and Broadway at about 3pm.

Peter Martin from Swan Rescue South Wales recovered the headless bird after being called by residents.

Mr Martin was expecting to find it had been attacked by a fox.

But the cygnet’s head had been severed from the base of the neck and Mr Martin said the cut was too clean to have been done by another animal.

He took the cygnet's body from the reen to be disposed of. Its head is still missing.

Most birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Queen has a prerogative over all swans in England and Wales.

Mr Martin said this is the first time in 35 years caring for swans that he has ever seen anything like it.

Police were called at 4.15pm by a woman who lives on Pentwyn Terrace and they attended the scene at about 8pm.

She said saw the cygnet at about 3pm but was too upset to call them immediately.

She said: “The person who did this is either insane or sick and if they are capable of doing that they are capable of anything. What’s to say that they are not capable of doing it to someone’s cat or dog?”

Another Pentwyn Terrace resident, Lisa Clark, said of the cygnet: “People would whistle and it would come along. It had been there for months and the rest of its family had left.

“To find it floating in the reen was just not on.”

Swan Rescue South Wales, originally called Gwent Swan Rescue, was established in the mid-1970s to provide rescue and promote the welfare of swans in South Wales.

It is the only group of its kind in the region.

And the group was once a contact for the RSCPA when their officers were unavailable but now it works on its own.

Anyone who has information on the cygnet’s beheading is encouraged to phone Gwent Police on 101 and quote incident number 329 1/12/13.

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8:04am Tue 3 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Sad and sickeneing. I hope the degenerate/s who commited this outrage are swiftly apprehended and subsequently despatched, as there is neither use nor place for them in civilised society.
Sad and sickeneing. I hope the degenerate/s who commited this outrage are swiftly apprehended and subsequently despatched, as there is neither use nor place for them in civilised society. Katie Re-Registered

11:05am Tue 3 Dec 13

gatty says...

this is terrible i hate reading storys like these.you cant help think that people who do this are scum,wish i won the lottery i would put up a very big reward for the capture of this very disturbed person, and i bet his mates would soon shop him for money.
this is terrible i hate reading storys like these.you cant help think that people who do this are scum,wish i won the lottery i would put up a very big reward for the capture of this very disturbed person, and i bet his mates would soon shop him for money. gatty

11:23am Tue 3 Dec 13

county mad says...

How can you comprehend what kind of sick coward could do this to a semi-tame creature. Whats next lambs cows horses? People? If they are caught what sentance will it be. Along time detained at a mental institution would be appropriate but they eont get anyth8ng like that
How can you comprehend what kind of sick coward could do this to a semi-tame creature. Whats next lambs cows horses? People? If they are caught what sentance will it be. Along time detained at a mental institution would be appropriate but they eont get anyth8ng like that county mad

11:47am Tue 3 Dec 13

sperduti says...

I cannot believe what goes on in this country , every day we hear some thing sick like this wether it be animals or to a innocent person .

to do some thing like that is too awful for words!!! I hope they catch the so called human being who done this!!!
I cannot believe what goes on in this country , every day we hear some thing sick like this wether it be animals or to a innocent person . to do some thing like that is too awful for words!!! I hope they catch the so called human being who done this!!! sperduti

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