Injured Fawn Lake Swan Rescued on Friday

January 25, 2016
Sweetwater Avenue Swan Rescue – Image (c) Ron Cowan, 2016 all rights reserved

By Susanne Harrison

One of the Fawn Lake swans, swimming before the pond froze - Image (c) Ron Cowan, all rights reserved
One of the Fawn Lake swans, swimming before the pond froze – Image (c) Ron Cowan, all rights reserved

At about 1:30 on Friday afternoon, January 22, the Animal Rescue League of Boston arrived to pick up the injured swan that neighbors have been worried about for several days.

My husband and I  were on an after lunch walk around Fawn Lake when we saw blue flashing police car lights in the distance,  across the lake.  As we approached the carriage house on Sweetwater Avenue where the police were parked, a member of Bedford’s Police Department stopped us and pointed to a swan sitting upright in the middle of the road.  The police were stopping all car traffic and pedestrians heading in the direction of the swan while they waited for the Animal Rescue League van to arrive.

The swan appeared listless but was upright.  It did not seem troubled by the police cars or observers who were all 20 or more feet away.  Occasionally it lifted its head or tucked its bill into its feathers.  Otherwise, it did not move.

When the van arrived, a man hopped out with a large net in hand. He approached the swan with police backup carrying a cloth to wrap it in.  It took several attempts to catch the swan that was suddenly alert, flapping its wings in an attempt to escape.  After the net captured the swan, the rescue man secured the swan between his legs, removed the net and wrapped the swan in the cloth.  The swan was carried to the van and placed comfortably in a large cage with the cloth still partly wrapped around it.

We thank all those who participated in this rescue of one of our beautiful swans.  We hope it makes a full recovery.

To read about the rescue of the swans caught in the ice earlier this year, click

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