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.

Friday 15 February 2019

Experts urge public to feed bread to swans after malnourished bird dies

The swan was 'massively underweight'
Hilary Mitchell
Daniel Morrow
14:38, 3 FEB 2019
UPDATED15:04, 3 FEB 2019
A rescue charity is urging members of the public to continue feed bread to swans after one bird was found ‘starved to death’.
Swan Support attempted to rescue a malnourished swan they found to have weighed just four kilogrammes in a lake on Thursday, January 24.
Workers at the charity attempted to rescue the young swan, but it had sadly died before it could be properly treated.
Now, the charity has blamed the death of the Hampshire swan on a campaign that called for members of the public to stop feeding them bread.
A leading food brand called WildThings teamed up with rescue charity Swan Lifeline to create the ‘Ban the Bread’ campaign in May 2018.
The campaign claimed that bread can cause muscles to grow to quickly causing a condition called ‘angel wing’ which can result in swans being unable to fly.
It was also said that bread causes a wide range of additional problems, such as damaging changes to their natural ecosystem.

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