A SWAN found injured near Valley Leisure Centre has been reunited with its offspring thanks to the kindly actions of a concerned Rathcoole man.
The swan was discovered injured in a field just off the Church Road by council worker Evan Browne.
He told the Times: “I noticed it in a field and thought it was strange because I know they cannot take off on land.
“It was only when I got closer to it that I realised it had blood on it and was injured.”
Evan immediately called a number of animal rescue centres but none were able to assist with the stricken bird.
Evan continued: “I asked them if I could take it to the vet myself and they said I would probably need someone to help me.
“So I got my father, William, and we managed to get it into our vehicle and I took it along to Glenburn Vets in Glengormley.”
“It turned out that last November a young cygnet was injured and treated by the same vet and we were able to reunite the mother with her child.”
The swan and its cygnet are now recuperating in the TACT Wildlife Centre in Crumlin and will be released back into Lough Neagh some time later this year.