A native Chinese man in China has been arrested for stealing a black swan from a park and making a pot of soup with it, according to reports.
He is said to have been detained after he was caught on CCTV using a wooden stick to knock the bird unconscious before snatching it from a pond in Cui Lake Park.
When officers raided his rented home they are said to have found a pot of half-eaten swan broth in the kitchen.
The man, who is known by his surname Wu, claimed he attacked the swan in self-defence as the bird ‘pecked him when he was teasing it with a club’ Mail reports.
The park, which is in Jinhua, east China, has been home to four black swans for nearly four years but on April 29 a worker reported to police that one of the birds was missing.
Police trawled through CCTV and spotted Mr Wu hurriedly leaving the park with a wooden stick and a red bag.
When officers found the pot of soup at his home he confessed that he took his wife and children to the park in the afternoon and claimed that he was furious after being pricked by the black swan. Read here