Swan's just solitary rather than poorly

This week I am writing about swans. We have had quite a few phone calls recently about a swan moving very little, and when it gets up, it is unsteady on its feet.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 20 February, 2016, 09:49

One particular caller was very rude and complained that we were not doing our job as rescuers of swans.

The swan referred to sits either near the rowing club or the lifeboat station on the Spittal side of the river.

It is very much a loner, usually by itself.

We have picked the bird up previously, and it has been checked by a vet. I believe it may have some kind of arthritis, but otherwise there is nothing wrong with it.

As we are receiving so many calls about the bird, one of us is passing by to check on it most days.

The swan simply prefers its own company. There is nothing wrong with it, and we are keeping an eye on it.

We had a phone call on Friday about one of the Eyemouth cygnets. Their parents are beginning to encourage the cygnets to leave the area, and we always have problems at this time of year.

This call was about one cygnet that had got itself the other side of the beach to the family and was bitten by a dog.

It had managed to get itself up the cliff, but because the tide was very high, Dick could not get at the bird.

On Saturday, we had another call, so Dick went off again, and as the tide was out far enough, he managed to bring the bird in. It has one puncture wound to its neck and is stiff and must be sore. It was very muddy from the soil on the cliff.

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We put it in an undercover pen, and it is being given antibiotics, and it will also have painkillers for a few days.

It is a well-built swan of good weight. I took this photo of it. It is in a pen next to a swan that has been by itself for several weeks suffering from bite wounds.

The swan is so much better now. Our vet is very pleased with the improvement to her wounds. We have been cleaning and treating the wound on a daily basis for several weeks.

The wound was very deep. She is very lucky as she was found before much infection had set in.

She has had to be kept undercover and dry while the treatment progressed. This meant she was getting very grubby, but when the vet saw her on Friday, he said she could go out on the little pond as long as the water was clean.

She thoroughly enjoyed her bath and is now white again. We just have to check the wound a couple of times each week.

When the cygnet came in on Saturday, she went straight back into her undercover pen so that she could sit close to the cygnet.

Swans like having company (with the exception of the one in Berwick at the moment), and it does seem to have bucked her up a bit.

We are giving the big pond a clean tomorrow, then perhaps they can go in that together, although when they are being medicated daily, we do have a problem catching them!