Father swan carries babies after mother dies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A father swan is caring for his six swanlings after their mother died earlier this week.

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The Charles River Esplanade said the mother died from unknown causes after having the chicks, WFXT reported.

“To our knowledge, there hasn’t been any report or signs of foul play with regard to the mother swan,” Mike Nichols, with the Charles River Esplanade Association, told WFXT. “We all at the Esplanade Association are sorry to learn of her passing, but all signs point to the death just being a product of nature.”

Boston Animal Control removed the dead swan “while the father swan sat at the next with their cygnets tucked under his wings,” the Charles River Esplanade said on social media.

The father and the cygnets have been seen swimming together since.