Lincolnshire Police / dpa
In Lincoln, UK, strangers pulled a black sock over a swan's head.
The police said in a statement that the item of clothing was deliberately pulled over the head,
because it was very tight and pulled very low.
Accordingly, the disoriented swimming animal was still lucky in misfortune.
That pointless prank could have left the swan suffering for a long time and eventually dying,
said Kate Burris
an animal welfare worker at RSPCA, after experts at Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital rescued the swan on Wednesday.
The police, together with the RSPCA, launched a call for witnesses.
Given the breeding season, death could have had serious consequences for the offspring,
Wild birds are after the
Wildlife and Countryside Act
protected by the 1981st In the UK, harming or killing them without a license is a criminal offense. In the worst case, the perpetrators face up to six years in prison.