The rescue and release of Swifty
For those of you that follow our Twitter feed you'll have seen we rescued a young swift literally from the jaws of a cat this evening when we were out on an evening stroll with our dogs. We could see the poor bird head first in the cats mouth with its wings still flapping.
As much as we like cats, there was no way we could stand by and do nothing, so we approached the cat and thankfully it dropped the bird to the ground so we could pick it up and carry it home.
Well, the good news is that he made it through the night, in all honesty we thought it was a little touch and go for a while. He's been to Broad Lane Vets for a quick check from the vet, he was given the all clear after the removal of a couple of unwanted ticks!
We was released the next afternoon back where we found him near Mount Nod. It took a while for him to take flight from the ground. We didn't know it at the time but Swifts always struggle with ground take offs, which is why they feed whilst airborne - our good deed for the week done!