These five swan eggs, which were about to hatch, have gone missing from the Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat in Urangan.
These five swan eggs, which were about to hatch, have gone missing from the Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat in Urangan. Alistair Brightman

Heartbreak as black swan’s eggs vanish from fauna retreat

THIEVES - or foxes - have taken five eggs from a brooding swan at the Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat in Hervey Bay.

The swan, who has lived at the retreat for years, was expected to hatch five eggs this week.

However, on Tuesday night, the eggs went missing without a trace.

The hatching was imminent, according to retreat manager Latishia Ottone who said she checked the nest every morning.

On Wednesday morning, the nest was empty and the swan was swimming around, apparently confused.

Ms Ottone said there was a chance that a fox took the eggs but said the swan would have defended her nest.

"I think someone's flogged them," she said.

"We regularly get kids walking through the park.

"I'm absolutely heartbroken."

The last time the swan laid eggs, three were destroyed by foxes but two cygnets were hatched last year.



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