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Thank you so much to everyone that helped to make the Open Day last week such a success. We raised a total of £325 which is a great help with funds.

Whilst I am on the subject of funds, did you know that you can raise money for the trust at no cost to yourself when shopping online? This is very easily done through Easy Fundraising. Go to the trust website www.swan-trust.org and follow the link, if the company you wish to purchase from is in the scheme a percentage of the purchase price is paid to the trust.

Last month we received over £36 in this way. It is surprising how even small value purchases add up over time. Firms such as Amazon and ebay are in the scheme. I purchase only low value items but every little bit helps so please look it up and help us at no cost to you.

It was such a pity that the Open Day was about one week early as I hoped we would have a few pretty babies for everyone to see.

They started arriving on the evening of the day when a young very feisty Tawny Owlet was brought in. He is doing very well and beginning to eat by himself, which since he has such a bad temper at times is quite a good thing. We don’t need to worry about him becoming too friendly.

Our lonely little gosling is now in a run with two little Mallard ducklings all three seem glad of a bit more company. They all seem to get on very well. Usually the gosling will trample roughshod over smaller birds but this one is very gentle and since he has been on his own before he just relishes having companions.

John and Kay were called out to two lots of duck families in walled gardens and unfortunately the mummy ducks both thought they had done enough for their children and flew off leaving their offspring to be taken into care! Hence we have eleven Mallard ducklings only just a couple of days old making an awful noise cheeping in the vetario. Mind you they don’t make as much noise as the one gosling did when he was complaining of being left all alone.

Last week David and Kay collected a little cygnet from Haggerston. It was unable to stay upright in the water. The poor little things head was held quite far back.

David x-rayed it and found what seemed to be an irregularity in its neck but since the bird could eat and walk a little he wasn’t sure exactly what the problem was.

After a couple of days it was not better so David put the poor mite to sleep. When he did a post-mortem he found that it had a broken neck, so there was no hope for it anyway. It was very sad because we all hoped it was going to make it as it was trying so hard. We know we can’t win them all we just get upset when we lose.

Our two remaining hedgehogs are to leave this week. I thought ours were fat but I was reading about one in the paper the other day that was over twice the size of ours and was having to go on a strict diet.

PAT GOFF

Should you find an animal in need of our services, or if you need advice please phone HQ on (01289) 302882. We are happy to help. You can also e-mail via our website www.swan-trust.org. We are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swantrust.