Nursery school children in Pembroke got an unexpected education in wildlife – after a swan crash landed into their playground.
RSPCA Cymru rescued the swan, which was found at Golden Manor Nursery, on Golden Lane, on Tuesday 10 January.
The bird was found unable to take-off, due to a lack of space.
She was safely rescued by an RSPCA inspector, and released at the nearby Mill Pond, where she flew away strongly, and showed no signs of distress.
The RSPCA officer also spoke to the nursery children about wildlife, and how important it was to help the swan to safety.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben, who rescued the swan, said:
“Every day is different as an RSPCA inspector – and rescuing a swan from a nursery school playground was certainly a first for me!
“It was great to chat to the children at the nursery about wildlife too – they were absolutely fascinated by the swan.
“Fortunately, following this remarkable ordeal, the swan flew off impressively after being released at a local pond.”
Amanda James, of Golden Manor Nursery, said:
“The children were mesmerised by the swan today and learned so much by getting to see her up close. They enjoyed listening to Keith and found out about what the RSPCA does to help wildlife.
“We’re all so happy the swan is back in the wild, safe and well – and we were delighted the RSPCA inspector took time out later in his day to update us on the bird’s release.”
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