Swan rescue at Clevedon

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:18

A SWAN is recovering at an animal rescue centre after swimming for a quarter of a mile through the underground waterways of Clevedon, writesThe Post.

The young swan, named Colin by rescuers, entered the underground section of the Land Yeo River by the town's Curzon cinema and eventually saw the light of day where the waterway emerges by the Clevedon Conservative Club. 

But his way out was blocked by a heavy metal grille installed to prevent debris being washed into the river.

He was spotted by sharp eyed resident Stewart Edwards, who lives by the river and is a member of the Land Yeo Friends.

Mr Edwards, a retired Bristol Port dredgerman, called Secret World Wildlife Rescue and it was decided to wait and see if the swan would naturally find his way back to open water overnight.

But Colin decided to stay put so the following morning the grille was removed so Secret World wildlife response driver Martin Kendal, from Weston-super-Mare, could climb down a ladder and rescue Colin who was popped into a protective swan wrap and taken back to Secret World's base near Highbridge.

It is thought that Colin had been reared by an adult pair of swans who live on the river near Strode Road and may have been chased away by his father. 

He is likely to be released onto the Somerset Levels.

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