Friday, 24 May 2019

Hatch Failure - Investigation Underway

With a Heavy Heart I have to tell everyone the cygnet hatch which we have all been waiting for, has not happened. The result seems to be identical to 2017 when we had total failure to hatch as well.
This is too much of a coincidence, the Trust has launched an Investigation and analysis, in coordination with the Scottish SPCA.
Penny and Duke have been in perfect health and successfully reared 7 cygnets for 9 months last year.
I know the whole town barring a few will be disappointed, as many have been anxiously awaiting the hatch.
Sadly under SNH license I have removed the eggs from the nest, as Penny would continue to sit and try to hatch them. This would lead to her suffering ill health which I cannot allow to happen.
Needless to say I am devastated for her and Duke, who have been exemplary parents.
The investigation will be thorough, and may also involve the wildlife crime officers.


Suzzieness said...

It was so sad to see her sitting on the nest this morning. I'd already guessed something was up. I hope you get answers.

jayteescot1 said...

We are all the losers for her loss. She can start to eat properly now and get back to full health.

Wendy Grocott-Jones said...

This is such sad news, Joe. I hope Penny and Duke will recover and that your investigation gets some answers. Love from Wendy on the disused Sankey Canal in Newton-Le-Willows

jayteescot1 said...

Hi Wendy, It's a heart breaking event, as so much time and effort is put into their care and wellbeing. Today, I heard they had a trip to sea this morning, so looks like they are getting back to normal.
Hope all goes well down your way. Joe

Brian said...

Hi Joe, very shocked to hear your news about Penny and Juke, hopefully the investigation might shed some light on what happened.
Brian (In Hythe)

jayteescot1 said...

Hi Brian, nice to hear from you. One egg opened, shell already fractured showed no signs of viability from the beginning. Other tests to follow.

Plenty of Rain here just now, you could probably do with some down your way.
Regards Joe