Young swan killed by ‘runaway driver’ in Lincoln

A young swan was killed in Lincoln when it was hit by a car, which carried on driving.

Wildline Wildlife Sanctuary went to the University Bridge on Thursday morning to reports that a swan had been hit.

They said the driver failed to stop but people in the area tried to help the injured swan and called the sanctuary.

“Sadly, as we picked him up he passed away but thank you to all those who cared enough to help,” reads a post on the Wildline Wildlife Sanctuary page.

It comes at a time when swan numbers in the city are dismally low, according to a local swan expert who has cared after them for 40 years.

At its peak, in 1990, Brayford Pool was home to 156 swans. That number has fallen dramatically to just two and 11 in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

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