recovered from plane's undercarriage arrive at Secret World
When it came to teaching her young to fly, an enterprising swallow
mum decided to go one better than the rest of the flock - by building
her nest in an aircraft undercarriage!
the three tiny chicks suddenly found themselves on the move when
their BAe 146 cargo plane was towed a quarter of a mile from its
open air storage area and into Flybe's maintenance hanger at Exeter
the in-transit brood was discovered by the airline's surprised
engineering team during a routine inspection.
support supervisor Tony Arpino said: "We had no idea the
nest was in there when we moved the aircraft and there was no
sign of the mother bird. It took quite an effort to get the nest
out. It was really well stuck in place."
that was not the end of the trios travels since, having
been carefully removed and placed in a comfortable cardboard box,
a Flybe driver then drove them 50 miles to Secret World Wildlife
Rescue Centre near Burnham.
Arpino said: "The chicks have already travelled around quite
a bit with no effort on their part so hopefully they will go on
World founder Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
baby swallows are none the worse for their adventure and will
be hand-reared until they can be released back into the wild."
centre has cared for hundreds of birds during the spring and summer
and is now preparing the site for the autumn arrivals, many of
which will be hedgehogs. For information on how to help, visit
the charity's website.
The young swallows which were rescued from the undercarriage of
a plane at Exeter Airport and are now being cared for by Secret