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Sick baby swan rescued from Foots Cray Meadows

The rescued cygnet

The rescued cygnet

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A cygnet which swallowed a fishing hook and line was dramatically rescued by seven people who risked being attacked by its parents.

The young swan’s neck was swollen and was spotted by a member of the public at Five Arches Bridge in Foots Cray Meadows last week.

A first attempt to rescue it by Chislehurst animal charity Willow Wildlife failed because heavy rain deemed the mission too dangerous.

The next day, Swan Rescue and The Swan Sanctuary charities joined in and seven volunteers canoed to the cygnet, with some in the water to prevent it from escaping.

Once captured, it was taken to The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton where it is recovering from throat damage.

Stale food couldn’t be passed through the bird’s stomach and was rotting inside its neck. If the young swan hadn’t been rescued, it would certainly have died.


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