January 4, 2011
residents rescue injured swan in Highbridge
Two quick-thinking residents rescued an injured swan at Highbridge's
Apex Park on Monday (January 3rd) after spotting that it had got
tangled up in fishing tackle.
the help of passers-by, Joy Russell and Graham Hall coaxed the
bird to the shore from the main lake at Apex Park, then rushed
it to Secret World Wildlife Centre at East Huntspill for a check-over.
young swan was spotted by eagle-eyed passers-by with fishing line,
hooks and tackle wrapped around its neck."
managed to coax the bird closer to shore with bread and my friend
Graham managed to get hold of the swan and have a go at untangling
the bird," Joy told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
whether all the line was freed, we wrapped him in a towel and
drove him to Secret World for expert advice."
added: "The bird was amazingly relaxed and didn't struggle
at all, probably because the birds on the Apex are quite tame
and used to humans. The lady at Secret World gave the bird a good
check over. Luckily, there was no damage done and we were able
to return the bird safely back to the ponds."
"If it had been ignored, I'm afraid there could have been
a sadder end."
photos show the swan being taken to Secret World on Monday