Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Five swans found dead at River Tame, near Tamworth‎, England

POLLUTION checks are to be carried out at a Midland river where five swans have mysteriously died in as many weeks.

The RSPCA say due to the decayed state of the birds, they are no nearer discovering the cause of the deaths.

But inspectors have not ruled out pollution or foul play.

And the organisation has deep concern for the safety of two remaining swans on the stretch of the River Tame close to Riverside Industrial Estate, Fazeley, Tamworth.

A fisherman raised the alert last Thursday after spotting one of the dead birds. By the time RSPCA officials arrived next day the body had been mutilated – possibly by a fox – so a post mortem was not possible.

Two other dead birds were seen at an inaccessible spot nearby and a skeleton was also found. The RSPCA has been told of a fifth death, though the carcass has not been discovered. Read More