Suddenly, swooping low...
by Chris Hunter
"DUCK!" "No, swan!"
It’s one of the most graceful
sights in nature – a winding river, a crisp winter morning, as a
white swan glides down from the November sky, wings outstretched in
majestic poise... and glides smack-bang straight into Maidstone
This dozy bird is more likely to
get a part in TV stunt show Jackass than Swan Lake.
Luckily Yvonne Pink from Vision 3K
in Week Street was on hand to help the stunned flier.
"He hit the wall and landed on his
back on the pavement," said Mrs Pink, of London Road, Ryarsh.
"Then he sat up and looked around.
He was a little bit shocked for a while."
There was some concern the
crash-lander might wander into the road, so Mrs Pink and her friend
Jackie tried to shepherd him to the steps leading down to the
A showman to the end, the stricken
swan waited 10 minutes as the crowd grew before taking the plunge
back to the water.
Mrs Pink – a member of the RSPB – is unsure whether the bird is
a male. But if he is, he’s may be even more embarrassed. The
watching crowd named him Bridgette.
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