East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) volunteers were called to rescue a cygnet wandering around the streets of Lewes last week.
The team headed to the lane and cycle path just south of the Lewes by-pass, between Cockshut Road and Kingston Road, after receiving a call to say a baby swan was wandering along the edge of the rugby club on its own.
WRAS volunteers believed the cygnet crash-landed after taking its first flight, as most cygnets start to do during the winter.
Luckily, the caller knew where the cygnet was from and was able to point the WRAS volunteers in the direction of the cygnet’s parents. They released the cygnet back onto the drainage dyke nearby for release.
A WRAS spokesperson said: “From now through the winter, this year’s cygnets will start to try flying and start spreading their wings from their parents.
“Being such big birds, they are a little more cumbersome and as they learn how to fly, they often crash-land or fly into things as they struggle to cope with turbulence and cross winds.”
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