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December 3, 2006
Second call-out of the week for Burnham-On-Sea inshore lifeboat crew

Two injured swans have been helped by Secret World Wildlife Centre and BARB in the space of a week.

On Sunday December 3rd, Highbridge-based Secret World contacted BARB for help after a swan had been spotted by a walker in distress with what appeared to be a broken leg at Newtown Lake in Morland Road, Highbridge.

BARB's inshore lifeboat was driven to the scene and launched with two crew onboard, plus Secret World's Ellie West.

The bird was quickly captured using a net and taken to a local vet where it was given treatment for a confirmed fractured leg - but sadly its injuries were so severe that it had to be put down.

"Its left leg was fractured in several places and it was in such a state that there was nothing more we could do. The animal was in a lot of distress and without BARB's help it would have suffered much longer," said Ellie.

BARB's inshore lifeboat crew had been in action earlier in the week when a cygnet was retrieved by Secret World after swallowing a metre-long length of twine.

BARB has been involved in several animal rescues during the last two years - including the rescue of two dogs stuck in thick mud at Brean in 2004.

BARB spokesman Mark Newman added: "If distressed animals are not rescued, people feel tempted to try and help them by venturing into the water or mud, and thereby put their own lives at risk. Providing that we're not jeopardising the rescue of a person elsewhere, BARB is always happy to help."

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