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Cornish swan keeps staring at himself in shop window

Cornish swan keeps staring at himself in shop window

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:12pm 23rd February 2018. (Updated at 2:49pm 23rd February 2018)

Locals in Perranporth think a swan who repeatedly stares at himself in a shop window is lonely.

It is thought that the bird is looking for love after the death of his mate.

Karla Robertson who works in the town at Happy Energy said: "The lonely male swan in Perranporth, he keeps popping over to our advice centre for advice.

"You may know his mate was killed by dogs a while ago.

"It's mating season and he’s lonely so keeps wandering over here to gaze longingly at his reflection, its causing quite a stir with people stopping to take photos!"

It comes after Pirate FM told you how a swandied after it was attacked by an animal last year.

Locals in Perranporth say 'Mrs Swan' was regularly spotted around the town with her partner.

She was also seen on many occasions with her cygnets, and was said to stop traffic as people let her cross the road.

However, an apparent attack meant local vets had to put her down, after she failed to respond to antibiotics.

The RSPCA is urging owners to keep dogs on leads near wildlife.

perranporth swans

RSPCA Inspector Jon Phipps said: "Her injuries are thought to have been caused by a dog so we are appealing to people to keep their dogs on a lead when wildlife is nearby.

"Legally dog owners should have charge and control of their animals in a public place and we are asking dog owners to try to prevent tragedies like this one happening again.

"Sadly she had to be put to sleep because of the severity of her injuries on Sunday. We'd tried all we could to save her thanks to the nearby vet and the veterinary team who treated her around the clock as she sat on her eggs near the lake but sadly she was too injured to survive.

"It's heartbreaking. She was 19-years-old and was a well-known character in Perranporth as she could often be seen leading her cygnets through the town to the beach and back to the boating lake.

swans in perranporth

"Her first brood of eggs this year were destroyed and now this has happened when she was sitting on her second lot.

"Her partner has also been left without a mate after all these years together. While it is generally thought that swans mate for life, they can find new partners should their previous partner die so we won't be introducing another female swan to the boating lake.

"The male swan hasn't flown for a long time but we expect that he will fly off in the future to hopefully find another partner."

Mrs Swan was so famous she even hit the national news for her unusual jaunts with her trail of cygnets after she was spotted using a zebra crossing to get to the other side of the road in the popular holiday resort.

swans on beach

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