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article image21 swans rescued from frozen waterway in UK, 10 found dead

By Lynn Curwin     Dec 27, 2010 in Environment
Burtle - Twenty-one hungry, cold swans were rescued from a waterway on the Somerset Levels on Boxing Day, but 10 others were found dead on the ice.
Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue, with assistance from Burnham-On-Sea Area Rescue Boat, retrieved the birds and took them to their rescue centre for care.
The swans were unable to find sufficient food because the ground and water were frozen.
"With the big freeze nothing has thawed and everything is really struggling now," the BBC quoted Sara Cowan, animal care manager for Secret World, as saying.
"The swans are having terrible problems. They're flying around trying to find their waterways, but everything's just white and they're coming down on anything.
"We've had three on the hard shoulder of the M5 in the last two days.
"Once it's all defrosted they can come back down, but for now we will look after them."
The birds will be kept at the rehabilitation centre until the weather is milder.
Photos of the rescue can be seen on the Burnham-On-Sea website.
Secret World also took in a small owl recently, who they named Santa because he fell down a chimney.
The charity is the only 24/7 service of its kind in the South West.
Last year it provided care for about 4000 sick, injured or orphaned animals – and took part in educational visits to schools.
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