Gang attacked Sunderland swan with bottles and stones

Rescued swan
Rescued swan
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A SWAN rescued after being attacked by bottles and stones has been released back into the wild.

The bird was taken in by the Blue Reef Aquarium’s Marine Rescue Centre in Tynemouth after a member of the public spotted it being attacked by a gang of youths.

The swan was attacked close to Park Lane bus station in Sunderland. A Marine Centre volunteer met the caller and five policemen at the scene.

The mute swan, was then transported back to Blue Reef Aquarium, and given a thorough health check.

Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells said: “Despite its ordeal the swan did not seem to have any physical injuries, although it was quite stressed.

“It was released the next day on to Queen Elizabeth Lake at Ashington where it swam off and joined the resident flock of swans there.

“Hopefully it will be able to enjoy a little more peace and quiet in its new surroundings.”

The bird is the fifth swan to have been treated at the centre so far this year.

Anna said other birds have come in with a variety of injuries, including fishing line stuck in the throat and damaged legs.

The Marine Rescue Centre was created in partnership with the animal charity Pawz For Thought and the RSPCA to provide emergency treatment for sick, injured and abandoned seal pups and other marine life.