Swan protecting her cygnets killed dog swimming in pond

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At Bushy Park in Terenure, Ireland, a swan protecting her cygnets killed a dog swimming in the pond. The distraught owner helplessly watched the attack on Saturday, and there was nothing he could do to help his dog.

According to the Irish Times, the unidentified owner had taken the female cocker spaniel to swim in the pond when the dog unwittingly approached a group of swans and their babies. Feeling threatened as the dog approached, one of the  swans broke away from others and headed straight to the dog.

The owner spotted the swan approaching and called for his dog to return, but the dog had no idea what was about to happen and swam towards the swan. From an eyewitness account, the swan lifted up its wing and beat the dog – first with one wing and then with another.

“That stunned the poor thing,” an onlooker stated. “Three or more slaps and she was gone.”

The attack only lasted seconds, but the blows were fatal to the dog.

Park personnel were able to retrieve the body of the dog. The Dublin City Council will post temporary signs to alert people to the dangers of letting dogs swim in the pool while the swans are raising their young. The swans are wild and it is necessary for people to pay attention to the birds following nature’s call – protecting their nests while the cygnets are so young.

Swans may be beautiful, but are known to be aggressive. Admire them from afar and watch your pets.

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