Italy: swan found with severed head

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Italy: swan found with severed head

Incredible, macabre and disgusting what happened along the shore of Lake Garda in Sirmione, Northern Italian. A swan was found with a severed head. An act of atrocious violence, if perpetuated by a human being. A terrible gesture, which would once again show the cruelty of man (let's use the conditional, as the dynamics of beheading are still unknown).

On a Facebook page relating to the city of Sirmione we can read: "A great regret, the swan's head detached with precision. I don't think it was a fight between animals. Local police alerted." The swans, as herbivorous animals, are in themselves harmless towards man, often coming to spontaneously socialize; however, even the specimens most accustomed to possible contact with humans, such as those present in the water mirrors of the parks of period villas open to the public, botanical gardens, etc., can sometimes become extremely aggressive and dangerous, for example to defend themselves or the territory (the nest, the partner, the offspring), or if they perceive as hostile the approach of someone or some animal (for example dogs) that are to be kept cautiously on a leash in the presence of swans, to the good of both.

In case you have little or no experience of swan encounters, it is good to avoid getting very close to them - whether they are in captivity or in the free state - and even less trying to touch them (which in fact they generally perceive as attack / danger); keep in mind in this regard that being subjected to the aggressive reaction of a swan, or an attack by it such as for example by getting too close to it or its offspring, can produce serious consequences (even legal if the swan suffers any injuries due to improper behavior of others).

Since in order to prevent the swan in captivity from taking flight, practices are often used to debilitate its wings (other physical expedients are aerial networks with perimeter cages, a small or unsuitable surface to pick up speed, or vertical obstacles around the parking area that prevent the flight path), it is preferable to protect the places already frequented by swans in the free state, those where they arrive cyclically, and create new ones suitable for the purpose.

The possible restructuring of pre-existing spaces in which subjects have been in captivity for some time, aimed at allowing free access and departure to free swans, should take into account that the swans lived in captivity - and in forced isolation from their own kind - with a possible arrival of new swans could activate - or be forcedly involved - in fights for the territory, in which they would run the risk of having the worst due to the debilitation of the wings, without the possibility of giving up possibly flying elsewhere.

It is also possible to use the structures in the past used as a zoo for swans artificially prevented from flying to shelter any injured specimens, without forgetting that the swan is a monogamous animal that is affected by separation from its partner.