Bird flu kills Queen Elizabeth’s swans
Written by Henry on February 5, 2018
Officials are investigating a suspected outbreak of bird flu after a number of wild swans thought to be owned by the Queen reportedly died in Windsor.
Seven birds are feared to have died from H5N6 avian influenza, according to News men.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs confirmed it was investigating a suspected outbreak of the deadly strain in Berkshire, with results expected early next week.
It did not confirm the number of birds potentially affected or the number reported to have died.
Bird flu has been detected in 75 wild birds so far in 2018, including a number of mute swans, Defra’s records show.
Recently, two mute swans tested positive in Greater London. Currently, no bird flu has been detected in poultry or kept birds.
All unmarked mute swans on the River Thames, which runs through Windsor, are owned by the Queen as part of a tradition dating back to the 12th century.
The Queen’s official Swan Marker David Barber told the paper: “We are deeply saddened by the loss.”
This time last year, two swans died after 12 birds were shot with an air weapon and slingshot near to Windsor Castle.