Spe­cial swan es­cort

Stirling Times - - Opinion -

A FAM­ILY of swans has un­der­taken a per­ilous jour­ney through In­naloo.

The five cygnets and their par­ents were spot­ted mak­ing their way across traf­fic on May 20.

City of Stir­ling se­cu­rity of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the swans on Odin Road in In­naloo, near Cedric Street, about 9.30am.

They spent 90 min­utes es­cort­ing the fam­ily across busy roads, even stop­ping ve­hi­cles on Scarborough Beach Road to let them cross, un­til they reached Jack­ad­der Lake in Wood­lands.

Com­mu­nity safety man­ager Lau­rie Crouch praised the three staff who helped the birds.

Dou­ble­view res­i­dent Bev­er­ley told Com­mu­nity News she saw the of­fi­cers guid­ing the birds across Barnes Street in In­naloo in the morn­ing, then again an hour and a half later.

She be­lieved the swans had trav­elled from Lake Gwelup, a dis­tance of about 3.5km to Jack­ad­der Lake.

But the fam­ily may have had an even riskier start to the day, with par­ents and ba­bies spot­ted cross­ing Mitchell Free­way near Stir­ling sta­tion af­ter 7am.

An­abela De Abreu was driv­ing south on the free­way when traf­fic stopped.

“Much to our sur­prise, the beau­ti­ful crea­tures were right be­side us as we drove by. Our hearts broke for the lit­tle fam­ily, just lost and in 100 per cent harm’s way, but man­aged to sur­vive through it all. The driv­ers were all very cau­tious and pa­tient,” she said.

Pic­ture: Fabi­ano De Abreu

swans on their jour­ney to Jack­ad­der Lake.

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