Snejana Farberov, New York Post, May 31, 2023
Three upstate New York teens killed a beloved mother swan, cooked it for dinner and kidnapped its four babies — after mistaking it for a duck at a protected local pond, police said.
Faye the swan was allegedly turned into dinner by the youngsters on Memorial Day in Manlius — a village of 4,600 people in the suburbs of Syracuse, which is home to a pond where generations of town-owned swans have lived since 1905.
Cops said Wednesday that the teens — three friends, ages 16, 17 and 18 — thought Faye was a duck before slaughtering her for their meal.
All three suspects — including the eldest, who was identified as Eman Hussan of Syracuse — were charged with felony grand larceny and criminal mischief, as well as misdemeanor conspiracy and criminal trespass, reported CNY Central.
After killing Faye, the clueless youths then took her carcas to one of their homes, where they cooked and ate it.