WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: Swan found covered in blood after suspected mink attack in Derbyshire

A severely injured swan is on the road to recovery after a suspected mink attack in Derbyshire.

Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 12:43 pm

The cob was brought to Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue as an emergency on Tuesday after being spotted covered in blood at the side of a lake in Ilkeston.

It is believed the animal, which had multiple bites and lacerations to the head, was the victim of a mink attack.

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The male swan was brought to Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue after a suspect mink attack in Ilkeston (picture: Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue)
The male swan was brought to Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue after a suspect mink attack in Ilkeston (picture: Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue)

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson for Burton-on-Trent based Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue said: “Mink are not native to the UK and although very cute, they are ferocious creatures. They will take down anything they can.

“[The swan’s] head is extremely swollen and sore and he’s obviously feeling very down at the moment.

"The wounds have been cleaned up and pain relief and antibiotics have been administered.

"We hope to get him home as soon as possible as he has a family to care for.”

The animal suffered multiple bits and lacerations to his head (picture: Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue)

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The cob is now recovering at Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue in Burton-on-Trent (picture: Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue)