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cygnet

a young swan
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According to The Swan Sanctuary, a wildlife hospital dedicated to the treatment, care and rehabilitation of swans and wildfowl in the UK, newborn cygnets are mainly lost to crows, herons, magpies, turtles, pike and large perch.
"When the cygnets came out I didn't have my camera with me so the next day I brought it.
The adults were covered underneath, while the cygnets were said to be covered "from head to toe".
For the last two months, volunteers at Severn Valley Country Park in Bridgnorth have monitored a pair of swans that settled on the recently reclaimed wetlands at the park before hatching nine cygnets.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: "The arrival of nine cygnets is a huge success story for the conservation efforts at Severn Valley Country Park."
Members of the public are currently in the live lane trying to rescue the swans and cygnets.
For many years they've made a nest and tried to raise cygnets, but they've either not hatched or the nest has washed away in unseasonable weather.
Animal lovers have been sharing their sadness on social media, with one saying Fiona had been a "brilliant" mum to her 54 cygnets.
Both parents of these cygnets have been deliberately killed.
A MOTORIST mowed down FOUR cygnets trying to cross the road.