Injured Swan – Peterborough
This swan was reported by a member of the public after she saw the swan on the bank of the rowing lake in Peterborough laying in a pool of blood.
Our Rescue Technician attended and found the swan to have sustained a significant flesh wound to the leg, around the hip joint, and given the location we had suspected that this poor creature had a run in with a rowing boat. Fortunately, the leg itself was not broken, so we took the bird in and admitted him to our facilities, expecting a quick turn around, and we had hoped to be able to return the bird after a relatively short stay.
After a few days, the leg was still cold, and so we took the swan to our expert vets and Cromwell Huntingdon to assess the bird to figure out if there was something more sinister. The bird was x-rayed and given the all clear for breaks, but it was noted that the wound was severely infected and the course of antibiotics we had started him on had only started to affect the infection. He was also prescribed some antibacterial skin cream which we are applying to the injury twice a day, and we were constantly assessing his progress with the hope that we would soon be able to get the infection under control and return the bird to the wild.
However, during a routine examination to determine how well the injury was healing, an artery in the leg ruptured. It was evident that the wound was not healing as we had hoped and although we had managed to improve the infection condition slightly, it was still a long way off being cleared and the unfortunate decision was taken to euthanise the bird.
With all wildlife cases, we strive to do what is right for the creature that comes through our doors. We will give everything a chance, and provide sanctuary and support to any patient that needs our care to get back on its feet. So long as we believe the patient has a chance to heal suitably to be once again fit and able to endure the demands of life in its natural habitat, we will continue to work with it. In the case of this poor swan, regretfully, this was not to be.
Species: Mute Swan
Date: 1st January 2018
Area: Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough