January 12, 2011
calls on BARB rescue boat to retrieve injured swan
BARB inshore rescue boat was in action on Tuesday morning (January
11th), helping the RSPCA.
boat and its crew were called to Combwich to help animal carers
reach an injured swan on the River Parrett.
net was used to successfully capture the bird but, sadly, its
condition was so poor that it was later put down at RSPCA's West
Hatch Wildlife Hospital.
The RSPCA's Ellie West told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The swan
was originally reported to be tangled up in fishing line, but
once we brought the bird to our hospital, we found she'd been
caught by a dog a while ago and had several puncture wounds to
"It seemed like the bottom of her back was fractured too
and she was also emaciated. Sadly, we decided to put her to sleep
to end her suffering."
"On behalf of the RSPCA and West Hatch Wildlife Hospital,
we would like to thank the BARB crew and Burnham Coastguards'
Dave Ilsley for their assistance with this rescue."
Pictured are BARB crewmembers Dave Bailey and Angela Fey with
the RSPCA's Ellie West and the retrieved swan