LONELY widower Henry the swan and his three cygnets have been removed from the lake at Wyvern House in Winsford for treatment at an animal hospital.
The decision by council bosses came after repeated calls for Henry and his young family to be left in peace were ignored following a dog attack which killed Henry's mate Grace.
Henry is being treated for a haemorrhaged right wing, believed to have been the result of being kicked, but is expected to make a full recovery. A cygnet was found to have fishing wire wrapped around its beak which was preventing it from feeding.
Flo, the new female swan brought to the lake last week, is being treated at Stapley Grange. Flo and Henry have been introduced to each other in the recovery pond at Stapley Grange, and it is hoped that the pair will form a bond.
Vale Royal Borough Council's chief executive, Anne Bingham-Holmes, said: 'While we shall miss watching Henry and his family on the lake, their welfare is our primary concern and wish them well in their new home.'
Following the loss of the swans, council officials are reviewing access to the grounds at Wyvern House and are considering ways to ensure that wildlife and users of the grounds can happily co-exist.