A swan has been successfully returned to the wild – just in time for Christmas – after receiving life-saving help from the RSPCA, Church Walk Vets and Kendal College animal rescue centre.
The youngster was collected from the bank of the Ormsgill reservoir in Barrow in Furness on Friday 11 December after a call from a concerned member of the public.
RSPCA inspector Will Lamping said: “The cygnet was in a terrible state, covered in blood and very lethargic.
“It was in desperate need of help.
“I took it to the local vet practice Church Walk Vets who dressed the wound to it’s mouth, then took it to Kendal College animal rescue centre, who stitched and re-dressed the wound and kept it in over the weekend.”
The college’s animal rescue centre is the first of it’s kind, with specialist wildlife rehabilitation and on-site vets who work directly with local RSPCA officers to help animals and give their students chance to learn at the same time*.
The cygnet recovered really well and was collected and released back onto the reservoir by inspector Lamping on Monday 14 December.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the vet practice and to everyone who helped this swan at Kendal College animal rescue centre.
“We’re not sure how the injury came to happen, but thanks to everyone involved this cygnet has recovered, has been released back to it’s family, and has a second chance, “ said inspector Lamping.
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