A swan has died of a suspected broken heart after teens smashed her eggs and drove her partner away.

This is pretty awful, isn’t it? Bad news for the queen, of course, who’s lost a pet, but also just horrible in general and despicable on behalf of the teens responsible.

Teens allegedly threw bricks at a swan’s nest, breaking many of her eggs which in turn left the swan to die alone from a broken heart, as many believe.

The swan had its nest on an island in the Manchester Canal in Bolton and as The Manchester Evening News reports, a group of teenage boys were seen throwing bricks and rocks at said nest when the bird had left her eggs.


This destroyed three of the six cygnet eggs within the nest and as wildlife activists who had been watching the family reported, two weeks ago the male partner left the nest and never came back. They suspect that he was driven away by stress.

Unfortunately, two more eggs were lost in the following weeks which meant the lone swan was left with just one and it soon passed away, with wildlife activist Sam Woodrow telling the MEN:

There’s not much I can say really.

She probably died of a broken heart as she had a partner for life and he was driven away by stress”.

swan nest

Building on that, a Facebook user called Michael Mason posted in the All About Bolton Facebook group, saying:

I really don’t want to do this post today because it comes with great sadness.

I have tried to keep you updated on this swan who laid six eggs, three were destroyed by youths, she has then been harassed by dogs jumping in and harassed by a duck and moor hen and two more eggs were lost leaving her with one egg.

Her mate left her on her own and sadly I was informed this morning she was found slumped in her nest dead. Just feel like crying as I have followed her progress for about 12 weeks“.

Asked about the swan’s death, he followed it up with:

To be honest I think it was a broken heart“.

swan died

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the RSPCA said:

This is a really sad development and it is very upsetting to hear about the death of this poor swan.

We are investigating the previous distressing incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact our appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

Swans, their nests and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981“.

Very sad indeed.

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