Une cygne noire, couvant son oeuf, a été lapidée et tuée par six jeunes voyous dans un parc à Melbourne, en Australie. Elle est morte dans les bras d'une femme qui a vu l'agression.
Les cygnes restent avec le même partenaire pendant toute leur vie. Naturellement, son partenaire est dévasté, et il couve l'oeuf à sa place. Ca le rend vulnérable à une attaque par un renard, par exemple. C'est très difficile pour un oiseau d'élever sa famille seul. Le zoo de Melbourne est prêt à l'aider, mais ce qu'il veut faire c'est enlever l'oeuf.
Les meurtres des cygnes en Auvergne ne méritent jamais un paragraphe dans La Montagne. Les cygnes dans le Jardin Lecoq, ou bien dans le parc à Riom, sont souvent agressés par des chiens méchants. Le survivant reste seul pendant quelques mois, et puis un nouveau cygne paraît. La plupart des citoyens ne remarquent rien. Cependant, les chiens remarquent tout, et c'est grâce à Anaïs et ensuite à Rafale que je suis au courant des tragédies locales.
Et La Montagne n'écrit même pas d'épitaphe.
Aïda de la Rue
Zoo to help grieving swan care for egg
The Melbourne Zoo has stepped in to help a grieving father swan look after his egg after his partner was attacked and killed by youths at a park.
Police say they have identified some of the attackers and hope to speak to them later today.
Witnesses have told police that six youths threw an object at the mother swan in Queens Park, Moonee Ponds, causing a serious head wound that killed her on Wednesday afternoon.
The surviving swan guards its nest after teenagers killed its partner. Photo: Craig Abraham
The swan and its mate were the only nesting swans at the park and the father has remained sitting on the single egg in the nest since the attack.
Moonee Valley Council has decided to take the egg to the zoo once the father swan voluntarily leaves the nest and the egg will be kept in an incubator.
"We will continue to monitor the swan, who is currently still attending to the nest," Moonee Valley City Council environment executive manager Scott Widdicombe said.
"Council is extremely concerned that it may be detrimental to the male swan to try and take the egg prematurely."
Melbourne Zoo native fauna curator Peter Courtney said removing the swan egg from its father's care was probably in the best interests of both parties.
He said the father swan, or cob, was in a dangerous position by remaining on the nest and less able on his own to protect himself and the egg from predators such as foxes.
"He's more vulnerable now as a solitary parent looking after the egg. He's got to sit [on the egg], he's got to feed himself and maintain the egg, it's a lot of work for him," he said.
He also predicted the grieving swan would be able to bounce back from the loss of his partner and egg.
"In the wild, animals do lose mates and they do then form new bonds. He will recover, it will take a while though," he said.
He said it was premature to predict the chances of the egg's survival. However, if the egg hatches it will be raised at the zoo and released back in the park after it could fend for itself.
Moonee Valley mayor John Sipek expressed his outrage at the attack and said its rangers would do everything they could to help the father swan protect its unborn cygnet.
"Council rangers will keep a close eye on the swan and its egg to ensure their safety and wellbeing," he said.
The attack has shocked visitors of the park and one patron even left a bouquet of flowers and a card near the swan's nest stating: "To mamma swan, thanks for all the wonderful memories."