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Moment man drags a swan through a park by its NECK ‘while under the influence’ before he’s confronted by passersby in ‘sickening’ attack


  • Gwent Police have launched an appeal to identify the man in Sunday’s attack
  • Did you witness the swan attack? Email natasha.anderson@mailonline.com 

A man was caught on camera dragging a swan by its neck through a park in Wales before being confronted by a passerby.

Video shows the man carrying the bird through the park near Caerphilly Castle on Sunday afternoon. The swan is seen flapping its wings in a bid to break free.

Brandon Ryzy, 21, who filmed the ‘sickening’ attack, confronted the man, screaming: ‘Put it f***ing down!’ His appeal was echoed by fellow park goers yelling ‘put it down!’

Mr Ryzy told the BBC that he chased after the man to ensure he freed the bird. He says the bird was ‘flapping’ around and then was ‘dropped down on the floor’. It did manage to get ‘back into the water’ but appeared ‘fragile and was moving slowly’.

The bystander claimed that man told him the swan had ‘attacked his children’, but noted that ‘there were no children around’. Mr Ryzy suspects the man was ‘under the influence’ of alcohol.

Gwent Police have launched an appeal to help trace the man. 

A man was caught on camera dragging a swan by its neck through the park near Caerphilly Castle on Sunday afternoon. The swan is seen flapping its wings in a bid to break free

A man was caught on camera dragging a swan by its neck through the park near Caerphilly Castle on Sunday afternoon. The swan is seen flapping its wings in a bid to break free

A bystander claimed that man (pictured) told him the swan had 'attacked his children', however the witness alleges 'there were no children around'. It is suspected that the man was 'under the influence' of alcohol

A bystander claimed that man (pictured) told him the swan had ‘attacked his children’, however the witness alleges ‘there were no children around’. It is suspected that the man was ‘under the influence’ of alcohol

Mr Ryzy was walking home from his Christmas shopping on Sunday around 4.20pm when he saw the man dragging the bird.

Photos and video shared on Facebook shows the man carrying the swan in one hand and what appears to be a bottle in another. 

Mr Ryzy alleged that the man ‘had alcohol’ on him during the ‘absolutely disgusting’ incident and was reluctant to put the bird down.

‘I had to be very aggressive to get him to stop,’ he told the news outlet, recalling how the swan flapped its wings until it was dropped.

He detailed how the bird’s feathers were ruffled near where its neck had been gripped and claimed it was seemingly ‘in shock’.

‘I watched the man walk off and stayed with the bird to see if it could get itself back to the moat,’ Mr Ryzy said. 

Photos and video shared on Facebook shows the man carrying the swan in one hand and what appears to be a bottle in another

Photos and video shared on Facebook shows the man carrying the swan in one hand and what appears to be a bottle in another

The bystander said he chased after the man (pictured) to ensure he freed the bird. He says the bird was 'flapping' around and then was 'dropped down on the floor'. It did manage to get 'back into the water' but appeared 'fragile and was moving slowly'

The bystander said he chased after the man (pictured) to ensure he freed the bird. He says the bird was ‘flapping’ around and then was ‘dropped down on the floor’. It did manage to get ‘back into the water’ but appeared ‘fragile and was moving slowly’

The 21-year-old student, who shared footage of the incident online in a bid to help identify the man, said that bystanders in a nearby pub also witnessed the incident and reported it to Gwent Police.

The force told MailOnline today that officers searched the area, but the man was not found. They are currently working to trace him. 

Caerphilly Bird Rescue has branded the attack as ‘sickening’. 

All unmarked mute swans found in open water in England are regarded as belonging to the King and are protected by the monarch’s swan guard. 

This means that taking a swan could be regarded as theft. Killing or injuring a swan could also result in a criminal damage or a wildlife related offence.

It is unclear if the swan attacked near Caerphilly Castle was protected by the Crown. 

Anyone with any information about the attack can call police on 101, quoting 2300411149, or can direct message Gwent Police on social media. 





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