Swan survives fence spikes

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:11 11 January 2012

Spike the swan with his rescuers.

Spike the swan with his rescuers.

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A SWAN that was injured when it got caught on security spikes was saved by two wildlife rescue carers..

Spike - as he has since been nicknamed by rescuers - misjudged a landing in a yard in Highbridge and tore his breast on the spikes.

Luckily he was noticed by an animal lover who, realising that he had not moved from the spot where he had landed for quite a while, raised the alarm.

Secret World, in East Huntspill, was called in and animal carers Emily Redman and Judith Sutton went to rescue the bird.

Unfortunately the yard was surrounded by a tall steel barred fence and the gate was locked.

Emily said: “There was a small gap under the fence and I realised that if I lay flat on my back and wriggled, I might just be able to squeeze under it.”

The injured swan, which was passed back under the fence, received a number of stitches at Secret World and is now recovering.

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