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Swan crash landed in couple’s garden


A TEESSIDE couple got a surprise visitor when a swan crash landed in their front garden.

The male swan was heading to Hemlington Lake when he veered off course and came down just over a mile away at a house in Eddison Way, much to the shock of the homeowners.

Worried for their new feathered friend’s safety, the householde­rs contacted the RSPCA.

Insp Clare Wilson went along to the scene and a thorough check up found that the swan had thankfully not sustained any serious injuries.

He was reunited a short time later with his mate who was waiting for him back on the lake.

Insp Wilson said: “Luckily the front garden was fenced which helped to contain him, although in any event he wouldn’t have been able to take off as swans need a long run before taking flight and there wasn’t enough space for him to be able to do that.

“When I arrived he was walking around the garden and appeared quite feisty, so I was reasonably confident he hadn’t sustained any injuries.

“Swans do get their bearings wrong from time to time, and given the lake’s close proximity, it appears that’s what happened in this case.”

As well as the dangers of being blown off course in stormy weather or being injured by fishing litter, water birds such as swans and geese can sometimes confuse roads or car parks for rivers or lakes while flying overhead and can then come in to land on a hard surface, which can cause injury.

Sadly, the charity’s officers are also regularly called to the lake to deal with incidents involving swans and other birds who have become caught in discarded fishing tackle at the site.

Line, hooks and netting can have a terrible toll on animals and water birds are particular­ly vulnerable.

The RSPCA is encouragin­g everyone who enjoys fishing at Hemlington Lake to be extra cautious to make sure nothing is left behind and to follow the Angling Trust Take 5 campaign, making use of recycling schemes to dispose of their waste tackle safely and responsibl­y.

In line with the UK Government’s current advice, if you find a sick or injured bird do not approach or handle the bird yourself due to the ongoing and severe UK-wide avian flu outbreak.

If you are concerned about a bird that appears injured or is in need of help call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

There is further informatio­n about what to do on the RSCPA website.

 ?? ?? The swan after being reunited with a mate at Hemlington Lake
The swan after being reunited with a mate at Hemlington Lake
 ?? ?? The swan that landed in the couple’s garden
The swan that landed in the couple’s garden

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