Two good Samaritans save a lost swan in the middle of an industrial zone in Angoulême

Unusual story this Friday, October 28 at Isle-d’Espagnac. A swan found itself in the middle of the boulevard du Maréchal Juin, in the middle of the ballet of cars and in front of the dumbfounded eyes of motorists…

Unusual story this Friday, October 28 at Isle-d’Espagnac. A swan found itself in the middle of the Boulevard du Maréchal Juin, in the middle of the ballet of cars and in front of the dumbfounded gaze of motorists. Installed in the middle of the road, the animal remained stuck for three hours. “We saw it fly over Kiloutou, swoop down the road and stop on the middle strip, then stay planted there,” explains an employee of Chausson Matériaux. “We managed to get him to cross into the parking lot opposite to prevent him from being hit by a car” he adds.

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Father and son for saviors

Obviously not injured, the animal remains in the parking lot until noon and awaits the intervention of the emergency services. Warned by several motorists and employees of Chausson Matériaux, the firefighters returned to the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB). It will ultimately be the intervention of a father and his son that will allow the animal to find a body of water.

“I was passing by, and I saw the poor animal lying in the parking lot. I called my father to have him moved, as we had swans at home we know how to catch them”, explains Nathan Rodier, the saviour. After waiting twenty minutes for the OFB officer (who was away on the case of another animal), Nathan and Sylvain decided to take care of the welfare of the bird themselves.

Nathan and Sylvain manage to grab the swan, helped by a passerby


Nathan and Sylvain manage to grab the swan, helped by a passerby

photo: Quentin Petit

Not aggressive, the animal almost allows itself to be done. The father grabs the beak, the son takes care of the lower body and folding the wings. Once caught, the animal is loaded into the van for a two kilometer journey. Returned to the water at Place des Chaumes in Gond-Pontouvre, the animal went back to sailing. Apparently, without any stress “swans”.

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