It took drivers an hour to move a stubborn swan which had made its way onto a road.

The lost bird had wandered onto Letcombe Hill in Wantage and was in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic.

Not wanting the water bird to become injured, three women worked for an hour to move the swan off the road and back into Letcombe Stream.

Lydia Mcmahon, who spotted the cygnus while driving along the road, told this publication she “moved him as he was in danger of being hit or run over by the traffic”.

Oxford Mail: The swan safely returned to the stream The swan safely returned to the stream (Image: Lydia Mcmahon)

She posted a photograph of the bird on the Wantage & Grove Community Facebook group to get advice from the community about what to do, before updating everyone with an image of the swan once again swimming in the stream. 

The RSPCA said that from the air, swans can sometimes mistake wet roads for stretches of water.

The animal charity stated that if you spot a confused bird on the road, whether it looks healthy or injured, to call them and they will safely remove it.


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