A SWAN in Albir popular with locals and holidaymakers hurt his wing after losing his friend, according to a vet.
The swan, known locally as Paco, has lived by a riverbed between Altea and El Albi for the past 10 years. He is said to be well known and is regularly recognised by passers by.
Antonio and Chema, local vets at Clinica Veterinaria El Port, have been looking after the swan for several years.
They said Paco now has nerve damage in one of his wings and there is a high chance he may not survive an operation.
A Dutch couple have been feeding Paco properly everyday for 10 years. But his cholesterol levels are too high which is believed to be because of him being fed at nearby bars.
Antionio and Chema have asked people in the area not to feed Paco and respect his space.