A Coventry community is rallying round a lonely swan who has taken to wandering the village following the death of his mate.
Residents in Cheylesmore became concerned for the feathered bird after his partner was run over and killed just before Christmas.
Swans notoriously mate for life and since the loss of his partner, the swan has been spotted pining for his mate all over the village.
And he has been taken to the heart of locals, who have even given him a name.
The swan was christened Quinton in tribute to the pools he swims in after a poll on the Love Cheylesmore! Facebook page by founder Nicola Ives.
Gavin Doughty, a Love Cheylesmore! member and resident said: “We have had an issue on Quinton Pools, Cheylesmore for quite some time with the swans crossing the roads looking for fresh grass to eat.
“It has raised concerns amongst the local residents, resulting in daily posts on the LoveCheylesmore! Facebook group, noting his whereabouts and warning motorists of him being on the move.
“People are really worried about his general health and the way he has been affected by the tragic loss.
“Members of LoveCheylesmore! are posting their concerns, as he is crossing roads and wandering around the local streets and the reaction of residents has been heart-warming.
“A poll was generated on FB to name him and the clear winner was ‘Quinton’.
“Many of our Cheylesmorites have lived there all their lives and have fond memories of swans being in the pools for as long as they can remember.
“It’s a lovely park, with lots of wildlife, but the swans really are a starring feature that everyone loves.”
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Agencies, experts, park rangers and local councillors have all been involved in finding a solution to keeping Quinton safe.
Advice has been given to only feed him at the pool and not to take pity on him and feed him in a residential area.
Residents are also hopeful Quinton will find love again.
Gavin added: “We are all hoping that nature will take it’s course and a new mate will find him naturally.
“We do know of several ponds and lakes in the near vicinity that have a population of swans and hopefully after spring when there is a new generation of cygnets that mature and leave their parents at least one will find their way to Cheylesmore and keep the tradition of swans gracing our pools alive.”
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