MOTORISTS are being urged to cut their speed after a swan was run over.
The bird was hit near to Nantwich Lake in Shrewbridge Road on Wednesday and, despite urgent attention by staff at the RSPCA Wildlife Animal Hospital at Stapeley Grange, it had to be destroyed.
Stapeley Grange veterinary surgeon Hannah Bould said: 'The swan suffered horrendous injuries including a broken leg and severe wounds to its head and eye. We did what we could but the injuries were too severe for us to save it.'
The fatality brought the number of swans killed near to the lake to seven since the start of the year.
Just two months ago the RSPCA appealed to drivers to cut their speed on the main Nantwich-Whitchurch road after another swan was mown down by a speeding motorist.
The lake is a haven for swans and scores of other birds with many people, including children regularly stopping off to feed them.
Hannah added: 'It is incredibly frustrating, especially when we know we have already warned people to slow down on several occasions. Accidents like these can easily be prevented.
'Because of the number of people who travel to the lake by car to feed the birds, the wild-fowl now associate the noise of a car engine with food.
'So, instead of being afraid of cars they now tend to approach them because they think they are going to be fed.
'If drivers would drive a little more slowly just for a few seconds as they pass the lake these kind of accidents would not happen.'