Eastbourne Swan In Critical Condition

A swan is in a critical condition today after flying into a lamp post and then crashing into a busy Eastbourne road.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service received a call about a swan standing on a pavement on Pevensey Bay Road Eastbourne about 11:15am this morning. The charity send a veterinary ambulance from Polegate to the scene. A passing motorist stopped to help keep the swan safe.

“Initial indications were that the juvenile swan still flying with L plates on had crash landed in the blustery winds. In these circumstances we generally send an ambulance in case they have crashed onto the road or been hit by a car and injured. Members of the public agreed to wait at the scene to help keep the swan safe and prevent it wandering into the passing traffic" explained Kristy Sayer Duty Rescue Co-ordinator at WRAS.

“Our ambulance arrived at the scene to find a slightly different situation and a swan badly bleeding and in need of urgent help. The person who had stopped to help the swan explained to us that they tried their best to keep the swan safe but apparently as a result of a person on a mobility scooter the swan took flight, collided with a lamp post, spun round and crashed heavily into the road" said Kristy.

As a result of this second incident the juvenile swan cracked its upper beak and damaged a toe causing significant bleeding. “Rescuers were luckily on site quickly after this second incident and transported the swan to WRAS’s Casualty Centre on the A22 at Whitesmith, where WRAS’s Vet Lourdes Cortes Saez straight away assessed the swan along with Lead Casualty Manager Katie Nunn Nash.

The swan was given pain relief, antibiotics and given an X-ray to check for fractures and internal injuries before being bedded down to recover from its ordeal." “The swan is in shock, dehydrated and left a lot of blood behind” said WRAS Vet Lourdes Cortes Saez, “the WRAS Care Team will closely monitor the swan over the next 24 – 48 hours which will be critical.”

The swan will be given fluids and checked to ensure it is able to eat and that there are no other internal injuries.

“Everyone at WRAS has their fingers crossed that the swan makes a full recovery, but its far from out of the wood at this early stage,” said WRAS’s founder Trevor Weeks MBE.

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