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Great News - Mr Swindon- the Swan is Back !
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

IMG 6219-1000The Boat Team are please to announce that on Monday 1st December

Mr Swindon was brought back  to the W&B Canal in KingshillJohn farrow_Swan3-1000

The doom and gloom of a December wintry afternoon was highlighted by the return of Mr Swindon (the male swan from the Kingshill section of the canal).  Sue Hulbert who rescued him earlier this year was there with a colleague Peter Martin (both volunteers from the Swan Sanctuary) to release him.

Fortunately Mrs Swindon and their remaining cygnet were close at hand and as soon as he saw Mrs Swindon he called to her, she called back (so much for swans being mute!) until they both met in the canal the pictures tell the rest of the story.

IMG 6217-1000He has been very poorly and had a swollen face which became infected needing 3 operations and antibiotics. Members of the boat team and regular towpath walkers and dog walkers, have contributed to a collection and £40.00 has so far been sent to the Sanctuary to help towards paying for his care. 

One of Mr & Mrs Swindon's cygnets, who took up residence at Waitrose (below centre), has now been taken to the Swan Sanctuary. Therefore the collection box will remain on the boat during the Santa Special trips and contributions can be made via the shop in Swindon and through the boat team.




We would like to thank Sue, Peter, for his rescue and return, Melanie and all the others at the sanctuary who were involved in caring for him and hope that we can send another contribution towards the swan's care 





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Dragonfly Boat Team Appeal for Donations to Swan Sanctuary

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Barn2The male swan on the Wilts and Berks Canal - Swindon section was taken to the Swan Sanctury some weeks ago and has been receiving treatment since then at Shepperton. Melanie Nelson has sent us this report.

“Mr Swindon had a very severe sinus infection when he arrived here. His face was very swollen. He had his face drained and flushed and he has had a long course of antibiotics  and is now doing very well. 
He does (and most likely always will) have a chubby face. Swan skin once stretched is not very forgiving.  
BarnAs soon as we are sure the infection is properly cleared we will return him to his family. We hope everyone that knows him will keep an eye on him.”            

The Dragonfly Boat Team are organising a collection to send a donation to say thank you for the treatment he has received.

If you would like to give please contact any member of Dragonfly Boat Team, or send your donation by cheque  to 11 Cawte Mews, Stratton St Margaret Swindon SN3 4DF, 
or take it into the Trust Shop in Theatre Square Swindon SN1 1QN (Open Fridays)
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Mrs Swindon waiting
for Mr Swindon to return
One of the cygnets has
taken up residence at Waitrose
View under Waitrose Bridge