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Lost swan rescued from Paddington office rooftop

Swan 'did a little dance' after being returned to canal waters and safety

17 February, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

The bird may have been stuck for hours

A PADDINGTON office block is not the first place you would expect to find a wild water bird.

But that is exactly what happened when a swan got stuck on the roof of a five-storey building in Eastbourne Terrace, near Paddington station, where Crossrail is being built.

The RSPCA, along with fire and rescue crews, came to the rescue of the bird, which was stranded on the slanted roof and could not get down. Fire crews helped RSPCA collection officer Jill Sanders rise to the swan’s rescue, using a special cherry-picker-type device.

“We think this swan had been there all day and possibly the night before as well. He was in quite a predicament and must have been scared,” said Ms Sanders. “I imagine he had probably been trying to get to the nearby canal or Little Venice and took a wrong turn and got himself stuck. As it was a sloping roof, he didn’t have the space to run up and take off again, so had become completely stranded on this high rooftop, poor thing.”

The swan is rescued, before being taken to Little Venice

Se added: “We took him straight to Little Venice, so he could be released back to the wild where he belongs, and he seemed very happy to be back on the water following his high-rise adventures. He even did a little dance before he swam off.”

Lily Cunningham, who works in Eastbourne Terrace, spotted the swan from her office across the road and called the RSPCA. She said: “It’s not often you look up from your writing – for inspiration – to see a swan on the roof of Paddington station!”

Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 if you see an animal in trouble.


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