THERE’S been some good news for an injured swan spotted on the park lake recently.
Adrian Lavery, one of Craigavon Borough Council’s ground maintenance staff, noticed the swan in obvious distress with a fishing line hanging from its mouth.
He was able to entice it over to the water’s edge with food where Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Paul Donnelly caught and held it properly to ensure it didn’t hurt itself any further.
Then it was a quick trip down to PA Murray Veterinary Clinic in William Street where the swan was anesthetised and the barb removed.
Once this operation was over, the swan was successfully returned to Lurgan Park Lake where it has been majestic ever since.
“This has a happy ending” said Russell Eastwood Parks Manager East at Lurgan Park, “but it could have been so different. We’re asking all fishermen to be extra vigilant in collecting their fishing lines and barbs. Most are very careful as they are nature lovers and appreciate the damage that an errant line can make. However, obviously there’s been one or two who haven’t been as careful.
“We’re appealing to all fishermen to be extra careful at this time of the year when we have loads of swans on the Lake and the fishing activity has increased.”