Earlier in July I received a call from a member of the public to say a cygnet at Canada Waters was caught up in fishing line and was frantically trying to free itself. I drove as quickly as was legal but when I arrived it soon became apparent that a boat was essential and needed as soon as possible. The cygnet was at risk of drowning. All I could do was phone 999 for the Fire Services and they were amazing. It wasn’t quick as the first crews had to put calls out for 2 water rescue crews. Besides the local crews they came from Lewisham and Bethnal Green and the longer it went on the bigger the crowd, that had gathered, became. Even in the boat, they had trouble catching the cygnet as there were rocks around where he was stuck and it meant that it was difficult to access as the boat kept becoming grounded. All came good in the end though and I took the cygnet, who had a very sore and swollen leg, to the Swan Sanctuary. London Fire Service are the best!
Young juvenile geese featured prominently in this month’s rescues. A couple with broken legs, one with a wing deformity and another with a deformed bill who would never be able to graze and would not get enough to eat in the wild. Fortunately a permanent home was found for him where a ready supply of food will always be available. There was also another juvenile goose with some sort of twine wrapped round his tongue and added to that a twig hanging that was longer than the bird. Young birds do seem to get themselves into a lot of scrapes.
The duckling rescues are slowing down but there’s still plenty and I have recently been told of two ducks nesting in window boxes which will require rescuing! Both are at least 3 floors up on balconies!
And finally, while the hot, dry spell continues please leave bowls of water in as many places as you can. All our birds and animals need clean, fresh water. Thank you.