VIDEO: Volunteers rescue injured cygnet in Lewes

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Volunteers from a local wildlife charity rescued an injured cygnet from waters near Lewes Rugby Club yesterday (Monday, October 12).

The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) received a call saying a young swan was holding one wing in an unusual position and behaving as if in discomfort.

Charity founder Trevor Weeks MBE, his partner Kathy Martyn from Uckfield and rescue volunteer Amy Sandiford from Brighton attended the scene, where they used a rope to encourage the cygnet towards a footpath bridge to help with the capture.

The cygnet challenged the barrier but Trevor was able to run along the river to a slightly narrower section, where he was able to catch the cygnet with a swan hook.

The cygnet was checked over on site and then driven back to WRAS’s casualty centre at Whitesmith.

Trevor said: “The cygnet was bruised along the edge of its wing and unable to stand. It was treated and will go to the Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton if anything more serious is found on examination tomorrow.”

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