Dundalk man Brendan Connolly was horrified to find a bloodied swan that had been attacked in Ice House Hill Park, Dundalk, over the weekend.
“On Saturday I was told that the swan in Ice House Hill had been shot with a pellet gun,” said Brendan.
“As you can see from the photographs, when I went to check on him his chest was covered in blood.
However after further investigation Brendan no longer believes that the swan was shot with a pellet gun or even attacked by someone.
“At first I thought someone had maliciously attacked the bird but when I went back to the park I also found the carcess of a crow and I believe that both the dead crow and the swan attack are the work of a mink.”
Minks are active predators, feeding on anything they are big enough to catch.
They hunt near water and river banks and are excellent swimmers.
They tend to widen their hunting territory during the winter months which could explain the swan attack.
“I did hear that the vet said the swan would survive and I am going to continue feeding and checking on the swan until he gets better.”
Brendan isn’t worried about the mink coming back as he said the swan is more than able to defend itself against the small animal.
Seeing as swans are one of the heaviest flying birds and can do major damage to a human we doubt the mink will be back for round two.