Distressed swan trapped in outlet pipe is rescued by RSPCA in Milton Keynes

A swan stuck in an outlet pipe at a city lake has now been happily reunited with his 'wife'.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:42 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:46 pm

Members of the public spotted the male swan last Thursday at the lake at Bond Avenue on Bletchley's Mount Farm.

RSPCA Inspector Andy Eddy was called out to help the bird over the concrete barrier and reunite him with his partner.

Andy said: “It’s unclear how the swan got stuck in the first place, he could have been chasing another swan from his territory or perhaps he was looking for a place to nest. Either way, I’m glad that this story has a happy ending.

The swan was trapped

“This rescue is why we need to be very aware of the wildlife that call lakes and ponds home. I’m very grateful to the member of the public for spotting this swan and raising the alarm. The swan was unhurt by the ordeal and didn’t need any treatment - just a helping hand to get free."

He added: “At this time of year, swans can be very territorial because they are looking for somewhere to nest. It’s important that the public give them space, and don’t disturb them or their nests."

The inspector said the outlet was full of litter and has hit out at careless members of the public.

"The litter that was around the swan when he was in the outlet pipe poses a danger as they can get it caught around themselves, get stuck or swallow smaller pieces,” he said,

Litter is a large threat to wildlife. In 2020 the RSPCA took 3,874 calls about animals affected by litter, including 41 incidents in Bucks.

Head of the RSPCA’s wildlife department Adam Grogan said: “Litter is one of the biggest hazards our wildlife faces today and the pandemic has just added to the problem with many disposable masks just being discarded on the ground. These are a new danger to animals and we’ve been called out to rescue animals like ducks and gulls caught up in the masks’ elastic straps. That’s why we’re calling on the public to get involved in the Great British Spring Clean to help remove litter that may endanger animals.”

Because of the increasing threat of litter this year the charity is urging the public to join them in the Great British Spring Clean. To help make the environment a safer, better place by picking up litter when they see it or pledging their support.

You can see more about the RSPCA's work or make a donation towards their animal rescues here.