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Chinese man booed as he tries to steal swans eggs in park

Police hunting for suspect who raided the nest of protected black swans in Jiangsu province

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 March, 2017, 12:42pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 March, 2017, 6:45pm

Police are looking for a man who tried to steal black swans’ eggs in a park in eastern China and then deliberately stepped on one when passers-by confronted him.

The man who appeared to be in his 20s and covered his face tried to take the eggs from a park in Yangzhou in Jiangsu province last Saturday, according to one microblogger’s Weibo account.

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The man climbed over a fence and took four eggs from a black swan, which is a protected species in China.

He put two eggs back after a middle aged woman hit him, the Beijing Youth Daily reported, quoting a tourist at the scene.

“The man got booed by people who were touring around the lake, but he ignored us,” the tourist said.

The thief then stepped on one of the eggs.

Another social media user said the man also kicked the wings of two black swans trying to protect the eggs.

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The authority that manages the lake issued a statement condemning the attack.

“We are deeply angered and shocked by the incident,” the statement said “We have passed all the evidence we have to the police to assist their investigation.”

Security measures have been stepped up in the area where the swans are nesting.