In Manlius, Earth Day 2012 will forever be remembered as the day we learned of a most heinous crime against nature — the destruction of seven out of eight eggs laid by Faye, the Swan Pond’s prized female swan.
The shattered egg shells, found near a wall outside Buffoon’s on Sunday, have become a symbol of animal cruelty for village residents and others who so looked forward to seeing the eggs hatch, a feat that hasn’t occurred at the Swan Pond in eight years.
In response to this violent act, village of Manlius employees have begun to construct a floating nest platform that will serve to keep Manny and Faye’s future eggs protected, and the mayor hopes to organize a Swan Pond watch group during the nesting season.
In an attempt to find the person or people who committed this crime, the community has united. The village voted Monday night to add $1,000 to the $2,000 in reward funds offered up by two local businesses, bringing the total prize for anyone who can provide information leading to the suspect to $3,000.
If you ask most village residents, they’re upset at this crime and will support going to great lengths to keep the next batch of eggs safe — even if it involves installing security cameras at the pond. Some will surely complain, however, about the number of resources and taxpayer dollars being pooled into this effort for the prevention of a crime that, in all likelihood, will not be repeated.
But the naysayers must realize that the village has been left with no choice but to commit funds to protect the future offspring of the village’s elegant symbol because of a foolish act of vandalism.
It’s too bad that any trust the village once had in people not to disturb Manny and Faye’s nest has been shattered by one or two rotten eggs.