Heartbroken swan ‘hugs cars’ on Wexford road as she mourns her mate

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Heartbroken swan ‘hugs cars’ on Wexford road as she mourns her mate

A heartbroken swan caused traffic pileup in Wexford after it wandered down a road in a busy town and appeared to ‘hug’ cars as it passed them.

The swan was mourning its mate who had been killed. Swans mate for life and are known to grieve when their partner dies.

As it walked along the road in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford it stopped in front of cars before stretching out its neck and resting its head on the bonnet of the vehicles.

Heartbroken swan 'hugs' car

Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared a photo of the swan on their social media pages and appealed for people to help he animal.

They put the following message on their Facebook page: “Would anyone out there know how we can help this poor swan, its mate has been killed but now he’s stopping cars and just lying on them and he looks so sad and lonely? Any information would be appreciated.”

Many people expressed concerns about the bird’s welfare.

The Kildare Animal Wildlife Unit heard the news and rescued the swan from the road and are considering the best course of action to take for its well being.

Swans mate for life and are known to grieve when their partner dies.

They said: “This swan has just been rescued and is on the way to our centre where she will be assessed over the coming days.

“Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers who put a lot of time and effort into making sure this happened. A special thanks goes to Lisa and Lydia. Thank you.”


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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling