Swan death "not connected" to nerve agent attack in Salisbury

Swan death "not connected" to nerve agent attack in Salisbury

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:47am 20th March 2018. (Updated at 6:06am 20th March 2018)

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There's reassurance over the death of one swan and another found injured in our city.

There's reassurance over a dead swan found in Salisbury after fears on social media it could be linked to the nerve agent attack .

The male bird was found near Five Rivers Leisure Centre on March 4th, the same day that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned on a bench in the city.

Government officials removed the bird's body but DEFRA have confirmed to Spire FM that the swan's  death "was not connected to the incident."

It's understood bird flu is a possible cause of death.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been keeping a close eye on the wildlife.

"Wildlife in the area been closely monitored and there have been no unusual reported deaths."

Meanwhile the swan's partner was found injured in the Maltings last week.

The female mate is being treated for an eye injury at the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Injured Swan Salisbury March 2018
The swan is being treated at Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital


Staff at the rescue centre in Newton Toney believe her injury may have been caused by foul play or possibly she hit her head.


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