Swan rescued after crash landing into Salisbury sewage tank

Swan rescued after crash landing into Salisbury sewage tank

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:40am 12th September 2019.

An RSPCA officer had to be lowered into the smelly tank using a harness to help the poor bird!

The swan landed inside the empty sewage tank on Southampton Road last week (Wednesday 4th September) and showed no signs of budging.

Wessex Water contacted the RSPCA who sent an officer to the scene to try to help the bird.

Salisbury Sewage Works Southampton Road
The RSPCA had to be called out to the Salisbury Sewage Works at Petersfinger

Animal Collection Officer Katie Wood, with help from the water company, managed to climb the 3.5 metres into the tank and get the bird into a special swan bag:

"I'm not going to lie it did stink! The smell was coming from the other tanks surrounding it as they were full of sewage. I thought I'd been quite careful in not getting any on me but even as I was driving home I could still smell it!

"Thankfully, the swan was not injured and I was able to release the bird on a nearby river. My job may not be very glamorous at times, especially when sewage is involved, but it's incredibly rewarding to know that I was able to successfully rescue and release an animal in need back into the wild - it's why we do what we do!"

Swan Rescued from Salisbury Sewage Works September 2019
The swan was safely released into a local river
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