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Swans rescued after stopping traffic on A140

PUBLISHED: 12:52 18 October 2019

Two young swans were rescued from the A140 by wildlife experts and passing motorists. Picture: Earsham Wetland Centre

Two young swans were rescued from the A140 by wildlife experts and passing motorists. Picture: Earsham Wetland Centre

Earsham Wetland Centre

Two swans that confused the A140 for a river were successfully relocated to a nature reserve after a rescue mission involving passing motorists and wildlife experts.

The two cygnets rescued from the A140 after being released at Dickleburgh Moor wetland reserve. Picture: Earsham Wetland CentreThe two cygnets rescued from the A140 after being released at Dickleburgh Moor wetland reserve. Picture: Earsham Wetland Centre

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Traffic on the Scole bypass had to be stopped as police and the RSPCA tried to catch the two cygnets after they landed on the carriageway on Thursday, October 17. Earsham Wetland Centre was also called by members of the public to help.

Trustee Ben Potterton said: "At this time of year swan families seem to move and wet roads look like rivers so young swans crash down everywhere. Two had come down by the Scole roundabout and the police had cordoned an area off with the RSPCA. However they flew off and did a big circle and landed on the south bound carriageway. So with the help of motorists we stopped the traffic and managed to catch them in about 10 minutes."

The swans were taken to Dickleburgh Moor wetland reserve and released on open water with several other cygnets.

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