30 dead swans found at Danish lake

A large number of dead birds, including seagulls, cormorants and up to 30 swans, was found at a lake on the Danish island of Lolland on Tuesday.

30 dead swans found at Danish lake
Swans on the ice at a different Danish location. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The animals were found at a body of water near the town of Maribo, reports

A local resident discovered the dead birds and contacted local municipal, animal welfare and food control agencies.

Lolland-Falster’s fire service was also called to the scene to remove the animals, according to the report.

“Some of the them have been dead for a long time due to injuries from the winter, so it is mostly the large flock of swans that gives us cause for concern,” environmental officer Dorthe Prit Lahrmann told

The cause of death of the birds is currently unknown, but Lahrmann said that avian influenza was a possible reason.

A veterinary unit will analyse the dead animals in order to determine a cause of death, a process likely to take “a few days,” she said.

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