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Elderly woman’s narrow escape after swan crashes through double-glazed window
January 18, 2021
An elderly woman had a lucky escape after a flying swan smashed through her bathroom window.
She had left the room moments before the bird crashed through the double-glazed glass and she was left unscathed.
But the feathered creature was left covered in blood and dazed with multiple cuts, NottinghamshireLive reports.
The RSPCA said she could have suffered "serious injury" or even worse if the bird had hit her.
She had been at the sink in front of the window shortly before the incident last Monday in Barton-in-Fabis, Notts.
Animal rescue inspector Keith Ellis said: "The lady was so lucky when this happened as she had just been in the bathroom.
"Had she still been there when this swan crashed through the window I am sure the glass shattering and the impact of the bird hitting her would have caused serious injury, or even worse.
"I think the swan was looking and flying to the nearby River Trent and must have misjudged the direction.
"It was also quite windy at the time which may have blown her off course."
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He added: "I have been an RSPCA inspector for 40 years and have never seen a swan crash through a window.
"I have seen them crash-land onto busy roads thinking they are rivers – but nothing like this – it is so bizarre."
The animal was taken to a vet where she spent more than an hour in surgery before being transferred to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre near Nantwich, Cheshire.
She will be treated for her wounds and rehabilitated until she is healthy enough to be released back into the wild.
Mr Ellis added: "She was a bit dazed when I went to collect her and had lost a lot of blood but we managed to get her to the vets quickly and she spent an hour in surgery having dozens of stitches to a wound under her wing.
"She will receive further treatment at Stapeley Grange and hopefully she will soon be able to return to the wild."