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Eagle-eyed walkers spot stricken swan

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21 OCT

Eagle-eyed walkers spot stricken swan

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A mother swan has been rescued by volunteers at a wildlife sanctuary near Burton after three walkers saw her collide with a powerline at Doveridge. Sam Forrester, Angelle Shimmin-Read and Charley Fearn were enjoying a walk near the swing bridge at Doveridge when they saw ‘Dazey’ the swan hit the cable.

A mother swan has been rescued by volunteers at a wildlife sanctuary near Burton after three walkers saw her collide with a powerline at Doveridge.

Sam Forrester, Angelle Shimmin-Read and Charley Fearn were enjoying a walk near the swing bridge at Doveridge when they saw ‘Dazey’ the swan hit the cable.

The trio scrambled across fields to reach the stricken bird and called for help while her partner and baby cygnet circled overhead.

A volunteer from Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue answered the call for help and the swan, christened ‘Dazey’ has been recovering there from her ordeal.

Sam, 24 from Uttoxeter, said: “Me, Charley and Angelle were out on an evening walk in Doveridge and saw three swans flying, two adults and a cygnet.

Unfortunately, we saw one hit the power lines and rang up the Swan Sanctuary who put us in contact with Linjoy.

Their volunteer Mark came out and collected her and took her back to the hospital to be cared for.”

Angelle, 21, from Cheadle added: “It was so upsetting to see her lying on the grass in pain, watching her trying to get up and fly away.

Her partner and baby were flying around looking for her throughout the whole time we were there. Once the guy came it was such a relief. He was so nice and we could tell he really cared. He got there so fast too.”

The male swan and the cygnet continued to circle until it became clear the female was unable to fly, at which point they continued their journey.

Charley, 21, from Alton said: “It was really upsetting, she was with a partner and a baby swan as well and so it just made it really sad.


I don’t think we could really believe what we saw because it was a really big shock, I’m just very thankful we were there and able to help her.


“As soon as we saw her fly into it I think we all knew we’d have to go over and make sure she was ok but none of us knew who we should call or anything.

It was really lovely when the guy came to rescue her and we got to pet her and knew she would be okay.

She was so sweet as well. I think she knew when the guy picked her up that she was going to get help as she didn’t fight it and was really calm whilst she got carried across fields and fences and gates.”

Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue is based in Burton with the sanctuary located in Etwall. The charity posted an up-date on Dazey the swan to Facebook last week: “She was flying with her mate and a juvenile when she sadly failed to manoeuvre around the lines resulting in an impact and falling a huge distance to the ground.

She’s lucky to be alive.

She has mild air sac damage is very sore but has started to stand up although she can only manage a step before falling down. She’s currently in the recovery paddock and on pain relief.

Fingers crossed that she recovers quickly and can find her mate again.”

As well as providing a rescue service within a radius of around 25 miles, the charity also runs a sanctuary for wildlife that cannot be released back into the wild, as long as animals are likely to have a good quality of life.

Euthanasia is a last resort and the charity rescues all wildlife, regardless of species or conservation status.

Wildlife casualties or emergencies should be reported to 07780742748 and more information about the work undertaken by volunteers at Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue, as well as information about how to donate in support of their work, is on their Facebook page.

Sam praised the work of volunteers at the charity and added: “Please when you’re out and about, keep an eye out for things like this. The swan would have died if we hadn’t seen it.

It took her several days to get back on her feet.”

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