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ANIMALS

Lightning fries 17,000 chickens

Lightning struck an egg production plant in Mörarp, outside Helsingborg, on Thursday, causing a fire which killed 17,000 hens.

The lightning hit the roof of the giant hen house, run by the company Aniagras. But according to local paper Helsingborgs Dagblad it was not the fire which caused the deaths but “a powerful pressure wave which spread through the building”.

“There are 17,500 [hens] in the building but we’ve seen a few alive on the lower level,” said the managing director of Aniagras, Carl-Rudolf Palmgren.

Palmgren told Swedish Radio that the cost could be up to a million kronor.

Sources: SR, Helsingborgs Dagblad

ANIMALS

Outrage after Malmö council officers shoot aggressive swan dad

A swan living on a canal in central Malmö was shot dead by professional hunters on Sunday night, just weeks before the birth of his eight cygnets.

Outrage after Malmö council officers shoot aggressive swan dad
A swan studies its reflection in Malmö's Pildammsparken. Photo: Jakob Nilsson-Ehle/Flickr
The male swan or 'cob' signed his own death sentence earlier this year, when he attacked a group of children near his nest close to Malmö's police station, causing several of the youngsters to fall into the water. 
 
“I understand that people are upset about this. I'm upset myself. I conserve nature. I don't usually kill things,” Ola Enqvist, a nature conservationist employed by Malmö's local government, told The Local. 
 
“All male swans defend their nests of course. But this swan was particularly angry. He attacked everybody who passed by, and people were afraid.” 
 
One local resident, Martina Andersson, told the Sydsvenskan newspaper that she found the decision “extremely upsetting”. 
 
“They were a real feature of the area,” she said of the swans. “He is only protecting his mate from the canoeists who paddle by, but it doesn't do anyone any harm.” 
 
 
Enqvist said two hunters had been granted special police permission to use a firearm and had then both shot the swan simultaneously to ensure he was killed instantly. They carried out the shooting late on Sunday night to minimize the risk of passers-by being alarmed. 
 
Enqvist said that to his knowledge the city authorities had never before had to put a swan down. 
 
“This was the first time it's happened, and I hope the last,” he commented.
 
As for the swan's mate, he said he hoped she would be capable of hatching and nurturing the eight eggs in her nest alone.  
 
“We think and hope that she will be able to bring up the children. She is the one in the nest, not the male, so we hope she will manage to do it herself,” he said. 
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