- Man, 35, was arrested for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
A man who allegedly grabbed a swan by the neck and dragged it through a park has been arrested for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
A 35-year-old man is currently in custody being questioned over the attack in the park near Caerphilly Castle in south Wales on Sunday afternoon, Gwent Police confirmed.
Video shared on social media showed a man carrying the bird by its neck through the park, with the swan flapping its wings in a bid to break free. He alleged he only started on the animal after it attacked his child.
Brandon Ryzy, 21, said he confronted the man who claimed the swan had ‘attacked his children’, but noted ‘there were no children around’. Mr Ryzy suspected the man was ‘under the influence’ of alcohol at the time.
Mr Ryzy screamed: ‘Put it f***ing down!’ His appeal was echoed by fellow park goers yelling ‘put it down!’
A man was caught on camera dragging a swan by its neck through the park near Caerphilly Castle on Sunday afternoon. The swan is seen flapping its wings in a bid to break free
A bystander claimed that the man (pictured) told him the swan had ‘attacked his children’, however the witness alleges ‘there were no children around’. It is suspected that the man was ‘under the influence’ of alcohol
Mr Ryzy was walking home from his Christmas shopping on Sunday around 4.20pm when he saw the man dragging the bird.
Photos and video shared on Facebook shows the man carrying the swan in one hand and what appears to be a bottle in another.
Mr Ryzy alleged that the man ‘had alcohol’ on him during the ‘absolutely disgusting’ incident and was reluctant to put the bird down.
‘I had to be very aggressive to get him to stop,’ he told the news outlet, recalling how the swan flapped its wings until it was dropped.
He detailed how the bird’s feathers were ruffled near where its neck had been gripped and claimed it was seemingly ‘in shock’.
‘I watched the man walk off and stayed with the bird to see if it could get itself back to the moat,’ Mr Ryzy said.
Photos and video shared on Facebook shows the man carrying the swan in one hand and what appears to be a bottle in the other
The bystander said he chased after the man (pictured) to ensure he freed the bird. He says the bird was ‘flapping’ around and then was ‘dropped down on the floor’. It did manage to get ‘back into the water’ but appeared ‘fragile and was moving slowly’
The student, who shared footage of the incident online in a bid to help identify the man, said that bystanders in a nearby pub also witnessed the incident and reported it to Gwent Police.
The force told MailOnline yesterday that officers searched the area, but the man was not found. Police launched an appeal to trace him and today confirmed he had been arrested for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
All unmarked mute swans found in open water in England are regarded as belonging to the King and are protected by the monarch’s swan guard.
This means that taking a swan could be regarded as theft. Killing or injuring a swan could also result in a criminal damage or a wildlife related offence.
Caerphilly Bird Rescue has branded the attack as ‘sickening’.