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Rescued A Cygnet

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:18 pm

For the last few weeks I have been feeding a lone cygnet and lots of ducks at a lake close to my house. I'm not sure what happened to the other cygnets, but the only parent swan there was, was unfortunately attacked and killed by a dog 3 weeks ago. I've been feeding this cygnet special duck and swan pellets and I thought the adult swan was only being looked after at the vets. Yesterday in the news paper it said how the swan had to be put down due to its extensive injuries.

I knew this meant the cygnet was going to have to fight it alone and probably wouldn't have made it. Last night, I gave 'The Swan Sanctuary' a call and told them about the situation. They said the little cygnet was unlikely to make it. I got a call this morning saying they were coming out to rescue it and to meet them at the lake. They managed to catch the cygnet quite easily. It was severely underweight and had fishing line caught around its neck (this really annoyed me as this lake has many signs saying no fishing). I stroked the little thing, it was so soft and I knew I had done the right thing.

They said it will join the crèche they have with all the other cygnets before being put into the larger area (6 acres) with the adult swans and the huge lake. It will be released back into the wild next spring at the earliest providing it is happy and healthy. The Swan Sanctuary is all fenced in so vandals, foxes, fisherman etc cannot pose any risk to the cygnets, swans, ducks and geese that they rescue.

The point of this thread is to make people aware of what happens. I urge all of you, if you come across any injured or lone swan, cygnet, duck, goose or any wildlife that needs care, please find it care, especially if it cannot survive without its parents and siblings. If you find a lone cygnet or another animal, or it's caught up in rubbish or fishing line, call the relevant people, animal recue etc, please DON'T just leave it and assume it will sort itself out. These creatures aren't just facing natural threats, they are facing an increasing number of man made threats and this is where YOU can help them. Please don't just leave them, their life may just depend on you.

P.S. when feeding ducks/geese/swans, please don't feed them bread. It's not healthy for them and offers no nutritional value. DO NOT feed them mouldy bread and this can be fatal to them. Feed them duck and swan pellets or a cereal mix.

Many thanks,

Jordan

[Edited 2012-07-27 06:18:51]
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:19 pm

This is really nice. I like what you have done here. I hope the cygnet will be in good care and he/she will become a beautiful swan. Thank you for the good work. Life will reward you for your action at some time or other.

  
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:46 pm

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):
I stroked the little thing, it was so soft

Did it get harder when you stroked it?








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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:26 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 2):
Did it get harder when you stroked it?

I heard some can bristle or even stand up on end if you agitate them too much.
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:29 am

It's very good to see like-minded people here in the forums.
Me, I've saved squirrels, assorted birds and an owl.
Five of my six dogs are rescued strays (one that I unwillingly ran over with my car but I was able to save her, adopted her and I love her to pieces), the 6th one is the son of one of the strays (she ran away while in heat before being spayed and bitches are bitches haha).

Anyway, all I can say is well done and thanks!
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:17 am

Is it really worth saving every single creature on earth? No 'let nature take its course'? Without sound like a complete

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):
little thing

we humans are really screwing with darwinism.

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 4):
bitches are bitches


In this case you're the bitch, as is your bitches son.  
 
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:04 am

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
we humans are really screwing with darwinism.

I agree with this but in the opposite side of what I perceive is the sense you have.
I think we actually destroy much that we shouldn't and do not save much that we should.



Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
In this case you're the bitch, as is your bitches son.

Hahaha indeed!
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:46 pm

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
we humans are really screwing with darwinism.

We should probably close all hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, dentists, chiropractors, and end all health care as well, in that case.
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:59 pm

Exactly...for the "fittest" to survive...IN HELL - it'll become a monster and we'll all become Turok-Hans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turok-Han
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:36 am

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):

The point of this thread is to make people aware of what happens. I urge all of you, if you come across any injured or lone swan, cygnet, duck, goose or any wildlife that needs care, please find it care, especially if it cannot survive without its parents and siblings. If you find a lone cygnet or another animal, or it's caught up in rubbish or fishing line, call the relevant people, animal recue etc, please DON'T just leave it and assume it will sort itself out. These creatures aren't just facing natural threats, they are facing an increasing number of man made threats and this is where YOU can help them. Please don't just leave them, their life may just depend on you.

I belong to Save the Manatee and I also donate to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, which is one of the largest bird rescues in the country located near Clearwater Florida.

So far I have rescued a brown pelican with fishing line caught in its beak near Sun Coast, Great Blue Heron tangled in fishing line near Tampa Airport, Black Crown Night Heron also tangled in fishing line in a tree and a baby black skimmer that was attacked by seagulls.

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
we humans are really screwing with darwinism.

Yeah we have been by deforestation, overdevelopment, global warming, illegal hunting/poaching.
 
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:24 am

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
No 'let nature take its course'?

Don't think nature provided the fishing line!

Nice to hear a heartwarming story with all the bad news flung at us day after day, so well done Virginblue, and thanks for posting.         
 
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:04 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 2):
Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):I stroked the little thing, it was so soft
Did it get harder when you stroked it?

While I sympathize with this guy's story and glad he rescued it- when he was talking about "stroking the little thing" I started hearing the Beavis and Butthead chuckle in my head. I guess the only thing that would have made it even more funny is if the bird was a Woodpecker, wood stork or a dickcissel
 
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:28 am

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):


For the last few weeks I have been feeding a lone cygnet and lots of ducks at a lake close to my house. I'm not sure what happened to the other cygnets, but the only parent swan there was, was unfortunately attacked and killed by a dog 3 weeks ago. I've been feeding this cygnet special duck and swan pellets and I thought the adult swan was only being looked after at the vets. Yesterday in the news paper it said how the swan had to be put down due to its extensive injuries.

I knew this meant the cygnet was going to have to fight it alone and probably wouldn't have made it. Last night, I gave 'The Swan Sanctuary' a call and told them about the situation. They said the little cygnet was unlikely to make it. I got a call this morning saying they were coming out to rescue it and to meet them at the lake. They managed to catch the cygnet quite easily. It was severely underweight and had fishing line caught around its neck (this really annoyed me as this lake has many signs saying no fishing). I stroked the little thing, it was so soft and I knew I had done the right thing.

They said it will join the crèche they have with all the other cygnets before being put into the larger area (6 acres) with the adult swans and the huge lake. It will be released back into the wild next spring at the earliest providing it is happy and healthy. The Swan Sanctuary is all fenced in so vandals, foxes, fisherman etc cannot pose any risk to the cygnets, swans, ducks and geese that they rescue.

The point of this thread is to make people aware of what happens. I urge all of you, if you come across any injured or lone swan, cygnet, duck, goose or any wildlife that needs care, please find it care, especially if it cannot survive without its parents and siblings. If you find a lone cygnet or another animal, or it's caught up in rubbish or fishing line, call the relevant people, animal recue etc, please DON'T just leave it and assume it will sort itself out. These creatures aren't just facing natural threats, they are facing an increasing number of man made threats and this is where YOU can help them. Please don't just leave them, their life may just depend on you.

P.S. when feeding ducks/geese/swans, please don't feed them bread. It's not healthy for them and offers no nutritional value. DO NOT feed them mouldy bread and this can be fatal to them. Feed them duck and swan pellets or a cereal mix.

Many thanks,

Jordan

Without even looking, I knew this post had to originate from the UK. They are a particularly compassionate nation towards animals (more so than each other) good for them and good for you Jordan.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 11):



While I sympathize with this guy's story and glad he rescued it- when he was talking about "stroking the little thing" I started hearing the Beavis and Butthead chuckle in my head. I guess the only thing that would have made it even more funny is if the bird was a Woodpecker, wood stork or a dickcissel

As you are an American (obviously) you probably don't realize that what you call 'petting' an animal in the US is known as 'stroking' one in the UK.



It is the most innocent of terms that you have managed to corrupt in your pea sized brain !
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:01 am

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 11):
While I sympathize with this guy's story and glad he rescued it

Just FYI, so was I. I just didn't feel the need to sully what was an otherwise spectacular post by me with sappy feel-good commentary.

Quoting Max Q (Reply 12):

As you are an American (obviously) you probably don't realize that what you call 'petting' an animal in the US is known as 'stroking' one in the UK.



It is the most innocent of terms that you have managed to corrupt in your pea sized brain !

Jesus, at least insult the right guy! I'm the one who first posted the sexual comment regarding "stroking".

I'm well aware that other people in the world use "stroking" when they mean "petting". Big deal. I saw that same thing in another thread (and I think I commented on it there too).

Anyway, all this discussion is hurting my pea-sized brain, so I'll go back to stroking my little thing now.

Oh wait, my dog's not here.
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:07 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 13):

Jesus, at least insult the right guy! I'm the one who first posted the sexual comment regarding "stroking".

I'm well aware that other people in the world use "stroking" when they mean "petting". Big deal. I saw that same thing in another thread (and I think I commented on it there too).

Anyway, all this discussion is hurting my pea-sized brain, so I'll go back to stroking my little thing now.

Oh wait, my dog's not here.

Ok, you got me there. Lmao !
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:29 am

I'm very sorry, but...



I wanna see cute swan baby!
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:05 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 13):
Just FYI, so was I. I just didn't feel the need to sully what was an otherwise spectacular post by me with sappy feel-good commentary.

I did post beforehand that I also like to rescue birds some of which are endangered. In nearby Lakeland we have some Black swans that are rumored to be decendants of swans that used to belong to Royalty in England. They are in a small lake just south of downtown called Lake Morton. They are almost a tourist attraction as people feed the various birds that visit that lake in the winter such as the visiting White Pelicans, Coots, Moorhens, Purple Gallinules, various ducks from up north as well as Florida natives such as the various herons and egret types, wood storks, commorants, anhingas along with many types of domesticated ducks and geese, white, black and black and white mix swans.

Quoting Max Q (Reply 14):
Ok, you got me there. Lmao !

At least this pea sized brain managed to read all the other threads first before spouting off.
 
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RE: Rescued A Cygnet

Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
I wanna see cute swan baby!

Ok lets pretend one of these is him.

http://i.pbase.com/o4/89/63089/1/61729380.V2DByuMm.Mute_Swan_Cygnet_from_DSC1978.jpg

http://wallpapersnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Baby-Swan-(Cygnet)-1680x1050.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/0/0d/20120527122212!Black_Swan_and_Cygnet.jpg

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