wildlife carer rescues swan hit by passing train
young swan has had a lucky escape after being hit by a train - and
is now recovering at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea.
bird has been rescued from the railway line between Taunton and
Bridgwater after the wildlife charity received a call about its
World in East Huntspill's volunteer response driver Graeme Thompson
headed to the scene and found the bird sitting beside the tracks
on the grass verge.
had to wait for a rail engineer to come from Bristol before he could
get to the swan, and move it to a nearby garden.
with the homeowner, Graeme rescued the swan and it was bought into
Secret World's animal hospital where it was found to have a bruise
on its carpel joint. After treatment it's recovering well and will
be released as soon as he's ready.
Benfield, Head of Animal Care Services, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Thanks to Graeme this story has a happy ending, and Thomas
the swan is doing well."
is resting at our centre and as soon as he is strong enough he will
has had training in rescuing swans and so is well prepared. If any
member of the public sees a swan in distress we urge them not to
approach it, but to call us for advice."
2017 Secret World treated 72 swans, suffering from various injuries.
These included Solo the cygnet who lost his entire family in an
accident, and Serendipity who was found alone in the middle of a
World provides a 365-days-a-year-service to rescue sick, injured
or orphaned wildlife.
of the public who would like advice on how to look after wild animals
or would like to report injured wildlife should call 01278 783 250.