Injured swan rejoins pals in wilds of Bray Harbour
SWAN SANCTUARY UNVEILING OF NEW SIGN TO MARK SPECIAL OCCASION
AN INJURED SWAN, the recent victim of an unfortunate accident, was released back to its friends at Bray Harbour last week, by vet Pete Wedderburn and other members of the Swan Sanctuary.
The bird had been knocked down by a car in the Harbour car park. ‘They think that cars are there to bring them food,’ said sanctuary chair person Harriett Ledwidge. ‘So they won’t get out of the way.’ She added that the driver involved in the accident had been very upset by the incident.
The sanctuary also installed a new information board at the Harbour last Thursday, sponsored by a table quiz held in the Harbour Bar some months ago, as well as Bill Robinson of Manic Posters and Signs Express, and Barbara Gordon of Whatswhat.ie directory. Wicklow County Council Her
itage Grants have also awarded them the sum of €800 for their work, which includes ringing the birds and protecting them from harm. Volunteers clear the sanctuary on a regular basis of dangerous debris, cans, bottles, fishing hooks and line and other rubbish which people dump. Pete Wedderburn is president of the sanctuary, and treats any injuries incurred by the swans.
As well as the bird who was hit by a car, another was recently injured by an open tin can. The swan tried to eat from it and cut its beak to pieces.
The ISPCA had to be called to take him away for treatment as no vets were available.
The sanctuary is calling on all vets in Bray to arrange an emergency swan treatment rota for the safety of these magnificent and graceful birds.
‘I have seen children throwing stones and sand at swans heads, hurting them badly,’ said Harriett, in an appeal on behalf of the birds. ‘We are organising talks in Bray schools to help children understand that swans are wildlife, have feelings, and can be hurt too!’ Contact Hon. Secretary Henry Cairns on (01) 2768574.
Barbara Gordon and an overly hungry swan.
Pete Wedderburn with the injured swan.
Jessica and Mervyn Lacey, Barbara Gordon, Pete Wedderburn, Owen Gallagher, Brenda Keating and Esther Lacey at the unveiling of the new sign to mark the Swan Sanctuary.