A sorrowful pair of black swans stopped eating for four days after their eggs were stolen at a scenic spot near Mount Tai in Shandong province.
A worker noticed on February 1st that the two swans were in a peculiarly agitated state. After investigation, it was discovered that five of the swans’ eggs had mysteriously gone missing.
Li Yaming, manager of the scenic spot, later reviewed surveillance video. She found that a pair of tourists had been standing near to the swans for half an hour. After taking some pictures, one of them pointed toward the swans’ nest.
The two tourists are suspected of stealing the eggs. While an investigation is ongoing, it’s not clear how likely it is that the individuals will be identified.
Li also revealed the sheer pointlessness of the visitors’ alleged crime. The swan eggs are not edible, cannot be incubated again and may burst in hot temperatures if on display, she said.
Black swans are a nationally-protected species and generally beloved in China, seen as a symbol of eternal love since swan couples do a better job of staying together for life than do the average human couples. Last year, Zhangjiajie hosted a very emotional wedding ceremony for one pair of lovebirds.
Watch a Chinese news report on the incident below:
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