Bloodied swan rescued from East Sussex field (video)

Swan covered in blood after cutting its beak is on road to recovery

Blood-red swan rescued in East Sussex
Bloodied Swan Rescued from East Sussex Field

A swan found saturated in its own blood in a field in East Sussex is recovering after being rescued.

The swan had several deep cuts, including an injury to a vein, when volunteers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) arrived on the scene.

The Sun reports that it is believed the swan was injured after hitting power lines.

Rescuer Trevor Weeks had to swim across three dykes to catch the swan, which was then put in the rescue ambulance and given first aid.

According to the Littlehampton Gazette, Mr Weeks said: "We had to apply a trauma gauze to the lower beak to help stop the bleeding, which had to be taped in place.

"After seeking advice from the Swan Sanctuaries veterinary team we decided to send the swan up to their specialist for assessment.

"But we hope the swan will be suitable for returning to the area once fit and well."

According to the West Sussex County Times, wildlife rescue volunteer Chris Riddington added: "I've never seen anything quite like it.

"The swan was completely red. There were no white feathers at all, just blood everywhere."

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