A disgusting act of animal cruelty has put a blot on an otherwise hugely successful Australian Grand Prix

Last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix attracted the best crowd figures in seven years, and the event was praised by Victorian police for a negligible number of arrests and reports of inappropriate or drunken behaviour.

However, one so-called ‘fan’ committed a despicable act of cruelty against one of Albert Park’s resident black swans…

On Sunday evening after the race, a fan reported witnessing a very drunk young male fan pick up one of the hapless swans by its neck, swing it around his head two or three times and then fling it into the lake.

Apparently another spectator took photos of this idiot, and security and police were quickly called, although the perpetrator had already disappeared.

“This is completely unacceptable behaviour,” the Australian Grand Prix Corporation wrote on its Facebook page.

“The incident has been reported to the police who attended the scene. We will be reviewing CCTV footage in the area to assist in identification of the perpetrator.”

It is not yet know what injuries the swan suffered following the attack, or if it indeed even survived. Wildlife rangers from Parks Victoria were checking over all swans on the lake for any injuries.

Anyone with information or photographs is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.