According to sources, the woman was part of a larger traveling group from Bulgaria and drew attention from her peers when she stepped into the lake, grabbed the bird by the neck before striking a pose for the camera.
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Macedonia Online also claims that, "According to witnesses, the swan itself didn't react to the Bulgarian woman's approach, as they are very peaceful and used to no one bothering them."
After the woman's forceful act, the swan apparently laid motionless on the beach before passing away shortly thereafter.