SEVERAL sick swans from a Redditch park have been taken in by Wychbold Swan Rescue for emergency life saving care.
Three birds in total were rescued from Arrow Valley Park by fire services from Bromsgrove and Droitwich responded to a call on Friday (September 9) to rescue the swans, which were sitting listlesly in the middle of the lake, refusing to eat or drink.
John Stewart, from the rescue centre, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the fire services for all their help. I honestly do not believe these swans would have lasted much longer without their help and our intervention.”
The birds are now being given medication and being tube fed and hydrated at the rescue centre by Jan Harrigan, who believes they have been poisoned by fuel or lead.
“We can’t be sure at this point, because the swans are too weak to do blood tests, but all the signs are there.
“People need to be aware that they cannot simply dump litter and pollute the water systems like this. The animals suffer and it isn’t right.”
Wychbold Swan Rescue is a registered charity for the care and treatment of sick and injured swans and water birds, assisted by vetinary support.
Visit http://www.wychboldswanrescue.co.uk/index.htm for more information.