A pooch was att**ked and kil**d by a swan in a Dublin park on Saturday.
The cocker spaniel was swimming in the duck lake at Bushy Park in Terenurenear a group of swans and cygnets when a grown-up swan broke away and scrambled toward her. A man who was feeding the ducks at the far end of the pond said he heard the pooch’s owner shouting in an attempt to get her attention.
“We started screaming at the swan, trying to distract it,” he recalled. “The poor dog didn’t realize what was going on and swam straight for the swan.”
The eyewitness, who was feeding ducks at the time of the incident, said the swan lifted up its wings and then beat down on the dog “with one wing and then the other.” “That stunned the poor thing,” he told the Irish Times. “Three or four more slaps and she was gone.”
The man said the att**k was very upsetting to observe and took no more than a few seconds. The owner was so troubled, his mobile fell into the lake, he included.
“They need to put up signs telling people to keep their dogs on leads around the pond. The swan was just protecting its cygnets.”
The whole thing happened right away before 11 am when pooches are permitted to roam off-lead in the park, which was busy at the time. Peter Duignan, a Dublin City Council park ranger, arrived just after 11 am and he and two colleagues retrieved the dog’s body from the water using a small paddle boat and a net.