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Anger as motorist mows down family of four cygnets.

A MOTORIST mowed down FOUR cygnets trying to cross the road.

Nature lovers have been left furious by the heartless driver.

Two of the baby swans were killed outright but three survived.

A group of four baby swans were crossing a road with their parents at the Stubbers Green Nature reserve in Aldridge at 8.15pm on Thursday when, according to reports, the motorist drove over them.

The remaining cygnets are said to be doing fine but workmen removed the bodies from the reserve on Friday morning as Walsall Council issued an appeal for information.

Local wildlife lover Ann Lawrence, 50, visited the cygnets up to three times a day since they were hatched in May, and has started a petition to get further traffic calming measures installed at the site.

The petition has already attracted more than 2,000 names.

Miss Lawrence said: "The whole community is very distressed by this awful tragedy. Mom and dad are distressed and are being very protective for the obvious reasons.

"On Friday, the daddy swan was walking, flapping his wings and squawking and trying to get to the dead cygnets which were left at the side of the road.

"He was grieving for his babies.

"This is a much-loved nature reserve. There's a 20mph limit but you see people doing 40, 50, 70mph."

Walsall Council left a message on their Facebook page which read: "Like many local people, we're very upset to hear of the incident at Stubbers Green last night.

"The majority of motorists heed the signage and road markings in this area and local people know that the wildfowl here often cross the road between the two pools.

Walsall Council urged anyone with information about this incident to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2016
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