Two men speed away from the lake on a motorbike with stolen mute swan eggs, chased by two forestry police who had stealthily followed them.
The mute swan is on China’s state protection list, and there are now 600 pairs that meet to breed at the Wuliangsuhai Lake in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in Northern China.
Once the police caught them, the traffickers were busted with seven swan eggs—luckily they weren’t smashed in the chase. When the thieves’ house was later raided, they found baby swans and 34 more eggs, with some in a danger of failing to hatch.
Here’s more on the story from China View.