As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 14 March 2016

The swan that died for a photograph: Tourist kills a bird by dragging it from a lake just so she could pose with it in Macedonia

Female tourist pictured dragging a swan out of a lake in Macedonia
Seen smiling for the camera as the panicking bird tries to escape
The swan reportedly died shortly after the tourist left it on the beach

PUBLISHED: 17:08, 7 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05, 8 March 2016

This is the moment a female tourist dragged a swan from a lake in Macedonia in order to pose up for a photograph, before leaving it to die on the beach.

All for the selfie: The female tourist is seen smiling for the camera as she drags the swan from the lake
The woman, reportedly from Bulgaria, grabbed the unsuspecting swan by the wing and dragged it onto the pebble-strewn shoreline of Lake Ohrid, south-western Macedonia.

When the unidentified tourist had gotten her selfie snap, she abandoned the swan, which later died on the beach of Lake Ohrid, local media reports. 

All for the selfie: The female tourist is seen smiling for the camera as she drags the swan from the lake

Shocked witnesses have described how the swan did not react to the woman walking up to it, as they are used to the presence of tourists visiting the town of Ohrid, which shares the lake's name. 

Photographs show the woman dressed in jeans and a black coat, grabing the swan by the wing and dragging it out of the water.

Despite the visibly distressed swan clearly fighting to be freed, the unidentified woman is smiling for the camera. 

Witnesses said the swan 'remained motionless on the beach after the encounter', and later died, Macedonia Online reports.

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