CBS News reports that police in Manlius, New York arrested 18-year-old Eman Hussan as well as a 17-year-old and 16-year-old in connection with the incident. The three suspects are from Syracuse; the two minors remain unidentified.
The trio reportedly killed a swan named Faye at around 3 a.m. on May 27 at a pond in Manlius. Her four babies, also known as cygnets, were also missing. The incident was reported to local authorities on Monday and the arrests happened on Tuesday. Hussan will be arraigned; the minors were released and given tickets to return to court.
"The swan was killed at the pond, and subsequently consumed by family and friends," Sgt. Kenneth L. Hatter, from the Manlius Police Department's community support unit, told CBS. "This was not done because the family was lacking food. It was done because they wanted to hunt what they thought was a large duck."
In a Facebook post, the Manlius Police Department shared that they had located all four cygnets. Two were found in a shopping plaza in nearby Salina, and the remaining two were discovered at a private residence in Syracuse. The babies are now being taken care of by a biologist "who ensures the health and wellbeing of the swans for the Village of Manlius."
Manlius is popular for its pond and swans. Faye was named in a naming contest back in 2012, alongside a second swan, Manny.