- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

British police are investigating the killing and apparent barbecuing of one of Queen Elizabeth II’s swans outside Windsor Castle.

The bird was butchered and burnt before the carcass was dumped on a nearby riverbank, AFP reported.

All wild mute swans in Britain are considered property of the crown and it is illegal to kill one, the report said.

Animal charity worker Wendy Hermon found the bird on Sunday.

“It was just a carcass, it was all burnt. We could see that whoever did this had taken the breast out,” said Ms Hermon, who works for the charity Swan Lifeline. “It was done neatly, presumably to get at the meat. They had skinned it as well and possibly barbecued it there, on a disposable barbecue.”

The Thames Valley Police force said it was it was investigating the theft of the swan, AFP reported.

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