Sick swan falls foul of poisonous pond-scum

A SWAN has become the latest victim of a mysterious illness affecting wildlife at Brooklands lake.

Animal rescue workers were called out to the pleasure park at around 10am on Friday morning by a member of the public who saw the adult male swan in difficulty.

Brooklands lake's sick swan

Brooklands lake's sick swan

The bird was having trouble staying afloat and was struggling to get out of the water.

Lee Gander and Billy Elliott, animal rescue officers with WADARS, rushed to the bird’s aid, commandeering a small boat with an outboard motor to reach the stranded swan.

Once by its side, they carefully lifted it out of the water and brought it safely to the shore, before placing it in the animal ambulance.

For the full story see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, August 22.