ISPCA Inspector Elaine Reynolds received a call from a farmer near Clonard, Co. Meath seeking assistance with a young swan that had crash-landed in his field.
On arrival Inspector Reynolds found a cygnet that was making attempts to fly but couldn’t get off the ground. It appeared to be having problems with its leg. The cygnet was discovered under high electrical wires and it is thought that it most likely clipped them.
A veterinary exam revealed that, thankfully, there was no electrical burning but the cygnet did have a swelling on one toe which was causing obvious discomfort for the bird. The vet felt that the toe had probably been dislocated and advised that the young swan be returned to water to allow the pain and swelling to subside.
Inspector Reynolds successfully released the cygnet on a quiet stretch of canal where it is hoped that it will make a full recovery.
It is quite common to find disorientated cygnets at this time of year as, when they reach around 6 months of age, they are usually chased away by their territorial parents to begin life on their own. It can take them some time to find somewhere suitable to live until they are older when they will find a mate and establish a territory.