Poorly cygnets make progress at a sanctuary

Cygnets SUS-140112-112842001
Cygnets SUS-140112-112842001

Young cygnets which had to be removed from Hampden Park’s Decoy Pond earlier in the year after becoming ill are making good progress.

The cygnets were taken out of the pond in August and September after they were found to be severely underweight and poorly.

Volunteer rescuers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service helped by staff from Eastbourne Borough Council had to launch an emergency swan rescue after one was found dead.

They were taken to the Shepperton based Swan Sanctuary where staff were shocked at the cygnets’ condition and that some only weighed just 2.7kg, almost half their expected weight due to a severe parasite burden.

The Friends of the Hampden Park set up an appeal fund to contribute towards the ongoing care of the cygnets at the Swan Sanctuary and raised £155.

Friends chair Sandy Boyce-Sharpe said, “They are still there and the up to date advice from the Swan Sanctuary is that the cygnets are all doing well, still small but slowly putting on weight.

“The sanctuary hopes to release them back into the park area in the spring.

“This is good news for the cygnets and grateful thanks from the Friends to everyone for their kind donations.”

At the time of the rescue WRAS co-ordinator Trevor Weeks said, “It was clear the cygnets were nowhere near as lively as should be expected, so we decided to go for the slow and patient approach waiting for suitable opportunities to catch them and the parents where possible.

“The cygnets will keep each other company and are going to need a lot of love and care from staff at the sanctuary.”