A swan rescued by RSPCA Cymru – having been found exhausted outside a Morfa shopping centre – has now been returned safely to the wild.

The bird shocked Christmas shoppers at the Morfa Bay precinct on Thursday 1 December, with a sizeable crowd gathering to watch as the exhausted bird sat struggling outside shops.

She was rescued by the RSPCA, who provided overnight care. The swan was them transferred to a specialist wildlife facility for support, before being returned to the wild on Monday 5 December. A video of the release can be found here.

RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said:

“I was delighted to be able to release this beautiful swan back to the wild, after its difficult ordeal.

“When we collected her, she was clearly exhausted and completely out of her comfort zone.

“The winter period is notoriously challenging for much of our wildlife, but it is a great relief that we were able to assist this swan and help her back to where she belongs.”

Advice from the RSPCA about what a member of the public should do if they find an injured wild animal is published online.

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