Litter hurts wild animals
TWC hotline staff received multiple phone calls from concerned members of the public about a young swan that appeared to have something stuck on its beak. Though it was difficult to see what it was, there was no doubt that the cygnet needed help. After a close, but unsuccessful attempt to rescue the swan from shore, TWC rescue staff took to the water. Carefully, Andrew was able to manoeuvre the boat near the swan without startling him and Alex captured him carefully with a net.
The mouth of an aluminum can was wedged on the swan’s lower beak and had cut so deeply that the bone on each side of the swan’s lower beak was exposed. Wildlife care staff carefully cut the can with pliers, revealing the swan’s irritated and very sore looking tongue and lower beak. The swan was prescribed antibiotics and pain medication.
When the swan had fully healed and was ready to be released, TWC staff hoped his family would still be in the area where he’d been rescued.
Happily this was the case. When staff arrived at the lakeshore they spot his parents and siblings swimming together. The young swan quickly swims out into the lake and is greeted by his family. Here is his heartwarming release.