Newborn cygnet killed at Bettws Canal

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A TWO- DAY- OLD cygnet has been found killed at the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Bettws following reports of two boys throwing stones.

Gwent Police were called to the canal on Saturday, May 2, where a two-day-old cygnet was found dead in the water.

A cob, pen and her three newborn cygnets in the area are thought to be unharmed.

Members of Swan Rescue South Wales were called at around 4.30pm to Bettws Lane where a witness is thought to have seen two teenagers throwing stones at the swans.

Ellen Kershaw, of Swan Rescue South Wales, said: “It is absolutely disgusting. The cygnet was two days old there was nothing of him, the body has been taken to the vets for X-rays to determine what was the cause of death.

“A man witnessed the incident and saw them throwing stones, he said the two boys looked about 15 years old. There are no stones along the canal they must have been prepared to do it.”

She added: “The male swan was extremely angry, he was pacing up and down the canal. His wings were up, he would have attacked anything that come in his path on the water.”

Swans are protected by the Crown and have protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which make it an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman, said: “Officers were called to Bettws Canal at approx 4.30pm on May 2 following reports of two boys harming a nest of cygnets. On arrival officers found one of the cygnets dead.

“They are investigating the incident.”

“Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 324 02/05/14.”

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9:41am Thu 8 May 14

Casnewydd lad says...

Let's hope these scum are found
Let's hope these scum are found Casnewydd lad
  • Score: 18

10:34am Thu 8 May 14

displayed says...

Local "Bettws boys" I bet....
Local "Bettws boys" I bet.... displayed
  • Score: 2

10:36am Thu 8 May 14

displayed says...

"Swans are protected by the Crown and have protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which make it an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. "

These teens wouldnt know anything bout that, its a bit of fun init!
"Swans are protected by the Crown and have protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which make it an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. " These teens wouldnt know anything bout that, its a bit of fun init! displayed
  • Score: 0

11:07am Thu 8 May 14

gatty says...

dont worry guys this is called KARMA yeah,im sure it will bite them where it hurts sooner then later yeah
dont worry guys this is called KARMA yeah,im sure it will bite them where it hurts sooner then later yeah gatty
  • Score: 9

11:23am Thu 8 May 14

county mad says...

Evil poorly raised uneducated low life
Evil poorly raised uneducated low life county mad
  • Score: 11

1:50pm Thu 8 May 14

-trigg- says...

As yet there is no evidence that the cygnet died from anything other than natural causes.

Someone saw a couple of boys throwing stones into the canal and a 2 day old cygnet has died. The events may be linked or they may be completely unrelated.

As a youngster I would often attempt to skim stones on any stretch of water I saw and that may well have been all that the eyewitness saw these children doing.

Naturally, if the proposed x-ray shows injuries consistent with the cygnet being struck by thrown stones I will re-assess my stance, but we shouldn't rush to condemn people without supporting evidence.
As yet there is no evidence that the cygnet died from anything other than natural causes. Someone saw a couple of boys throwing stones into the canal and a 2 day old cygnet has died. The events may be linked or they may be completely unrelated. As a youngster I would often attempt to skim stones on any stretch of water I saw and that may well have been all that the eyewitness saw these children doing. Naturally, if the proposed x-ray shows injuries consistent with the cygnet being struck by thrown stones I will re-assess my stance, but we shouldn't rush to condemn people without supporting evidence. -trigg-
  • Score: -6

1:50pm Thu 8 May 14

siameselady says...

I was wondering where the fourth cygnet went, I walk this stretch of the canal every day and watch out for the swans. I hope these scumbags are caught and prosecuted.
I was wondering where the fourth cygnet went, I walk this stretch of the canal every day and watch out for the swans. I hope these scumbags are caught and prosecuted. siameselady
  • Score: 6

6:58pm Thu 8 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

This is desperately sad. It's true to say though that this is less a reflection of the times than something that has gone on since time immemorial. I suppose hurting and killing a beautiful animal like that gives them a momentary, but ultimately shallow feeling of power. In the long run though chances are they will live to regret it and their callous act of cruelty will play on their consciences for the rest of their lives. If it ends up putting a downer on everything they subsequently do for the next 70 odd years they needn't feel justified to indulge themselves in too much self-pity however; at least they still have a life unlike the graceful animal that they murdered.
This is desperately sad. It's true to say though that this is less a reflection of the times than something that has gone on since time immemorial. I suppose hurting and killing a beautiful animal like that gives them a momentary, but ultimately shallow feeling of power. In the long run though chances are they will live to regret it and their callous act of cruelty will play on their consciences for the rest of their lives. If it ends up putting a downer on everything they subsequently do for the next 70 odd years they needn't feel justified to indulge themselves in too much self-pity however; at least they still have a life unlike the graceful animal that they murdered. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 6

9:00pm Thu 8 May 14

tebes says...

-trigg- wrote:
As yet there is no evidence that the cygnet died from anything other than natural causes.

Someone saw a couple of boys throwing stones into the canal and a 2 day old cygnet has died. The events may be linked or they may be completely unrelated.

As a youngster I would often attempt to skim stones on any stretch of water I saw and that may well have been all that the eyewitness saw these children doing.

Naturally, if the proposed x-ray shows injuries consistent with the cygnet being struck by thrown stones I will re-assess my stance, but we shouldn't rush to condemn people without supporting evidence.
Someone saw boys throwing stones at the swans, not skimming stones in the canal. You do not carry stones to a location with the purpose of skimming them as it is something people may do in passing, not plan it out. Why do people always have to make excuses for this sort of thing? It is the excuse mentality in society that has allowed these sorts of louts to get away with unacceptable behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: As yet there is no evidence that the cygnet died from anything other than natural causes. Someone saw a couple of boys throwing stones into the canal and a 2 day old cygnet has died. The events may be linked or they may be completely unrelated. As a youngster I would often attempt to skim stones on any stretch of water I saw and that may well have been all that the eyewitness saw these children doing. Naturally, if the proposed x-ray shows injuries consistent with the cygnet being struck by thrown stones I will re-assess my stance, but we shouldn't rush to condemn people without supporting evidence.[/p][/quote]Someone saw boys throwing stones at the swans, not skimming stones in the canal. You do not carry stones to a location with the purpose of skimming them as it is something people may do in passing, not plan it out. Why do people always have to make excuses for this sort of thing? It is the excuse mentality in society that has allowed these sorts of louts to get away with unacceptable behaviour. tebes
  • Score: 9

10:56pm Thu 8 May 14

displayed says...

They dont appear to have a conscience as it takes a cold hearted person to deliberately target and kill a defenceless bird.............
They dont appear to have a conscience as it takes a cold hearted person to deliberately target and kill a defenceless bird............. displayed
  • Score: 6

10:57am Fri 9 May 14

-trigg- says...

I'm not "making excuses for this sort of thing" I'm saying there isn't enough evidence to say that "this sort of thing actually happened".

If evidence does come to light then I will condemn the culprits as vociferously as any other but I refuse to grab the torch and pitchfork on the basis of a single vague eyewitness account.
I'm not "making excuses for this sort of thing" I'm saying there isn't enough evidence to say that "this sort of thing actually happened". If evidence does come to light then I will condemn the culprits as vociferously as any other but I refuse to grab the torch and pitchfork on the basis of a single vague eyewitness account. -trigg-
  • Score: -2

12:18pm Fri 9 May 14

squirrelchez says...

displayed wrote:
"Swans are protected by the Crown and have protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which make it an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. "

These teens wouldnt know anything bout that, its a bit of fun init!
It's not "fun" - it's cruelty!
Even if the cygnet wasn't killed physically by a stone, it may have died of shock or fright.
While cycling past on Sunday, I saw 3 cygnets and stopped to admire them (especially as 1 was hitching a ride on mums back, but typically got off as I got my phone out to take a picture!), not knowing they'd lost a sibling. How anyone could want to harm these beautiful creatures, only God knows!!
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "Swans are protected by the Crown and have protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which make it an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. " These teens wouldnt know anything bout that, its a bit of fun init![/p][/quote]It's not "fun" - it's cruelty! Even if the cygnet wasn't killed physically by a stone, it may have died of shock or fright. While cycling past on Sunday, I saw 3 cygnets and stopped to admire them (especially as 1 was hitching a ride on mums back, but typically got off as I got my phone out to take a picture!), not knowing they'd lost a sibling. How anyone could want to harm these beautiful creatures, only God knows!! squirrelchez
  • Score: 1

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