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Swan safe in zoo after plunge from sky

A black swan that was rescued by a truck driver in Qingpu District after falling from the sky is recovering at the Shanghai Zoo.

The man, surnamed Yu, spotted the bird as he was driving along Panzhong Road in Xujing Town on Wednesday.

“It seemed to be having trouble flying, and then just plunged to the ground,” he said.

When Yu went to the stricken animal, he saw it had blood coming from its right leg. Unsure what to do for the best, he loaded the bird into his truck and took it to his home in Minhang District.

Once there, Yu’s wife offered it food and water, but the bird refused to eat.

Several neighbors suggested the couple have it for their dinner.

Thankfully for the swan, Yu instead called police who took it to the Minhang District Wildlife Preservation Center, which later arranged for it to be moved to the Shanghai Zoo.

An official surnamed Huang from the center said the swan had probably escaped from a nearby breeding center.

Black swans are native to Australia but are bred in farms in China. Those living in artificial environments are often overweight and their wing feathers are clipped to prevent them flying away, Huang said.

The escaped bird probably tried to make a bid for freedom but ran out of energy, he said.


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