New photos have been released of a woman who kicked a swan and of a man who pushed a spectator into a canal after trying to intervene.
Police on Friday asked for information about the couple, who were part of a group of ten gathered at the water’s edge in Limehouse in east London.
The footage shows the woman seeming to kick the bird before an older man tried to intervene and protest the group.
As he spoke to them, a young man in a blue t-shirt came out of his field of vision to push him into the canal.
Furious spectator walked towards the group with a pole after a girl kicked a swan in the Limehouse Canal, East London
The police are looking for the woman who kicked the swan. They’re also looking for a thug who pushed another man into the water
The young man, dressed in black shorts and a pair of flip-flops, is then seen riding on a scooter, shouting “at that”.
Initially, it was reported that the swan had mated before the woman kicked it, although witnesses are now reporting that the bird was attacking another.
They claim that several people had attempted to separate the birds at war before the women intervened.
One of them told MailOnline: “I watched the whole episode and the swans didn’t mate, they fought to the death. One was the father of nine nearby cygnets and the other was a territorial pair.
“They had been training for a while before the crowds gathered and had clashed several times in the past few days without a fight breaking out. The girl was trying to separate the swans to prevent one of them from being killed.
Boy in blue shirt and black baseball cap pushes man into water below
“The one to sue is the silly boy in the blue shirt who pushed the man down the canal. “
Another added, “I was there. I do not know any of the people involved, but I have seen everything. One swan would most certainly attack the other. He (probably) was biting the other’s neck and trying to dip his head.
“It went on for a long time, onlookers trying to break them down by making noise and after a while, throwing things away. There was a fairly large crowd on the deck.
“Obviously, that has nothing to do with pushing the man who intervened into the water. But those involved weren’t just baiting swans – it was an attempt to break an attack.
A third witness also said that the girl was trying to break out of a potentially deadly battle between swans.
He added: “A a guy came out saying loudly to the group of teenagers asking them not to disturb nature and leave the swans alone, and not to throw plastic in the river. Obviously, one of the children ran from behind and pushed the man into the river.
“Yes, it was bad behavior, but neither of us was worried because this guy obviously knew how to swim from his reaction. He climbed comfortably to the ground.
Metropolitan police said investigations into the incident and the identity of the man and woman involved were continuing.
The group watches the spectator, still hanging on his pole, fall into the Limehouse canal
With the man who confronted them in the water, the group walks away. The boy who pushed him can be seen later riding on a scooter
Superintendent Andy Cox previously said, “Horrible vision. Cruelty to animals is an indicator of many other vile behaviors and a tendency to other forms of violence.
“Aggression and anti-social behavior need our action. Help us by letting us know who these offenders are via 101 or confidentially via the criminals. “
Twitter users reacted to these shocking images, former police officer Mike Pannett wrote, “Who knew the depth of this water? It could have ended up changing the life of this brave young man.
“Cowardly villains and first-rate bullies.
Terry Morgan wrote, “Did you think the swans were protected?” Even if it’s not yet shocking behavior. I hope they are identified and captured. Foam bags.
Some viewers were confused by the images and thought the girl was trying to separate the swan.
One viewer wrote, “These individuals were trying to prevent one swan from attacking another. They weren’t attacking the swan!
Another Twitter user said, “They were mating.
The RSPCA echoed the police call for witnesses, tweeting, “If anyone has more information about these people, please contact us on 0300 1234 999.”