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Bad luck for swan who stuck her neck out and walked under a ladder

Posted on 4:13 AM by Sameer Shah

They say it is unlucky to walk them and so it proved for this hapless swan who was trapped by the neck a falling ladder.

The bird, nicknamed Lofty by rescuers, managed to bump into the ladder after wandering into a back garden, and brought it crashing to the ground.

The aluminium frame, weighing a hefty 40lb, had been propped up against a fence but as it fell it pinned the bird to the ground by her long neck.



It is thought the stranded swan was stuck for several hours under the extendable ladder before homeowner Michael Johnson went out into his garden and found her.

At first he thought it was a bag of rubbish but was stunned when he went closer.

Mr Johnson, 32, called a nearby swan sanctuary who sent an expert to the home in Wimborne, Dorset.

Rescuer Ken Merriman, of the Swan Rescue Sanctuary at Holt, said Lofty looked 'half-dead' when he got there but, despite suffering swelling to the neck and head, it is expected to make a full recovery.

Mr Johnson, who runs a website design company, said: 'Our garden backs onto a river so it must have come from there.

'The ladder was propped up against the fence at the bottom of the garden and it must have knocked it over and got stuck under one of the rungs.

'I don't know how long it was there for. I went into the garden in the morning but didn't see it then. I only found it when I went back out in the afternoon.

'It's body was sat on top of the ladder and the top of its neck and head was poking out from under one of the rungs.'

Mr Merriman said: 'Michael found the swan in the nick of time. If it had been trapped for another half-an-hour I don't think it would have made it.

'It looked half-dead when I got there. It suffered some bad swelling to its neck and was quite dehydrated but it is now about 90 per cent recovered.'

He said Lofty, a female swan, was aged about seven-years-old.

He said he plans to release the bird back to its likely herd at Christchurch Harbour once she has fully recovered.

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