Sunday, 6 May 2012

Violent swan Mr Asbo finally removed from Cambridge river after attacks on rowers

A notorious swan nicknamed Mr Asbo has been secretly removed from his river after stepping up his attacks on Cambridge rowers.

The angry cob and his mate were plucked from their nest on the River Cam and whisked off to a secret location 60 miles away last week.

Authorities said they were forced take action after the creature's attacks on terrified river users intensified over the past three weeks.

Natural England agreed to grant a rare emergency license to remove the birds - usually forbidden during mating season.

Brave volunteers, wearing protective clothing, scooped up the birds and transferred them out of the city where they had left the rowing community in fear.

But the removal provoked angry response from Mr Asbo's supporters, who yesterday (Weds) branded the move "despicable".

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