Nearly 200 Queen’s swans killed by vandals and virus
And many young birds are being shot in vandal attacks, causing “horrific” injuries and slow deaths, it has been revealed, ahead of the traditional Swan Upping on the River Thames.
The annual 12th century tradition is set to take place next month and this year’s census of the white water bird’s population will assess just how great the death toll has been.
Marlow will be one of the stops along the way as the Queen’s Swan Marker counts the number of young cygnets.
Assisted by the Queen’s Swan Warden, Professor Christopher Perrins of the University of Oxford, the swans and young cygnets are also assessed for injury and disease.
David Barber, The Queen’s Swan Marker said: “Another winter of severe weather has contributed to the death of many swans.
“Furthermore, a virus known as duck virus enteritis was discovered within the mute swan population on the River Thames.
“Unfortunately, more than 180 swans were found either dying or dead on the river between Reading and Windsor, with over 115 deaths being reported in the Windsor area alone.
He said the virus is not uncommon in swans but added: “this was the worst outbreak on the Thames we have seen in many years.”
Revelation 16:6 ” Because they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, You also gave them blood to drink; they deserve it!”
There will be nothing left to drink but that which is tainted with blood. This is why humankind will be: “longing for water.” Isaiah 29:8
When the sea life dies, another disaster comes into play; the evaporation of the sea waters to form rain will become out of balance except for rare occasions of rain, and then torrential floods in other areas; the rains will carry with it disease because of the deadly brew that has culminated from a dead sea of carcasses; and the lack of a normally rain cooled environment will give way to scorching heat waves of such a magnitude that it will be like this:
Revelation 16:8, 9 “The Fourth Bowl
The fourth poured out his bowl on the sun. He was given the power to burn people with fire, and people were burned by the intense heat. So they blasphemed the name of God who had the power over these plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory.”
The plagues are caused by the dead sea creatures that have created the toxic brew.