Loved up swans are finally reunited after a month apart in adorable video
RSPCA reunite two swans following rescue
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Bonnie was rescued by the RSPCA on January 18 after a passer-by noticed she had a leg injury. The RSPCA were called to a lake in Wychwood village, near Crewe, and Bonnie was immediately rushed to Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre to be cared for.
She was separated from her devoted mate, Clyde, for a month whilst vets brought her back to health.
The heartwarming video shows Bonnie running over to Clyde as they are finally reunited on February 14. They quickly make a love heart shape with their long necks as a symbol of their love.
Lee Stewart, centre manager at RSPCA Stapeley Grange said: “Love was really in the air when we released Bonnie back into the wild.
“When she was released, she bounded towards her mate and almost immediately the pair made the shape of a love heart with their long necks. It was a lovely moment!”
Swans making the shape of a love heart is part of a courtship ritual and means that the swans have a mate for life.
Mr Stewart added: “Unfortunately, Bonnie’s leg has been severely deformed for some time due to an old injury, which means she will always be lame, and as a result she will likely develop chronic arthritis at some point.”
However, Bonnie is a much loved member of the park and is well looked after. She will be monitored daily so any issues can be flagged up quickly.
Bonnie is around 20-years-old, exceeding the average 10 year lifespan of a swan. Therefore, despite her leg condition, she is doing very well for her age.
RSPCA animal welfare officer, Steve Wickham, led the rescue of Bonnie. He said: “This was a tricky rescue as the female swan was quite feisty so it took four of our water rescue team to bring her to safety using two rescue rafts.
“It was obvious as soon as we got her on land that her leg was bowed so I’m so pleased that our wildlife centre was able to care for her and release her back to her mate for Valentine’s Day!”
Swans famously form monogamous bonds that last for many years, and life for some. If one dies though, the remaining swan will usually find a new mate. The swans will also ‘divorce’ if it has been an unsuccessful breeding season. Interestingly, female swans usually find a new mate quicker than males and tend to go for a younger model.
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