Some of you may recall a post I did about a favorite swan awhile ago. I’d spotted him on my daily bicycle tour as he was trying to cross a road. Loving animals as I do, I stopped to help him, making sure no cars zoomed around the nearby curve.
This morning I chanced to play swan patrol again.
This time for an entire swan family!
When I took Em into my little back garden, I was astounded to see a swan pair and six babies (called cygnets) in the road behind my garden.
And they weren’t just crossing the road. They’d made themselves comfy right in the middle of it.
Of course, this worried me. There is another, much busier, road near the one behind my garden. And it was that road they needed to cross to reach the safety of the pond they’d clearly left.
As the roads around here have lots of curves, I was – again – determined to keep away any unsuspecting drivers approaching in cars. Not wanting Em to frighten the swans, I hurried him in the house and dashed back outside.
In that time, the nr. one swan and four of the babies were already crossing the busier road..
And wouldn’t you know, I heard approaching cars!
Needless to say, I did my ‘swan patrol act’ again and stood in the center of the road, waving my arms to warn the drivers.
They slowed and stopped. Swan number one and the four cygnets reached safety..
But swan number two and two more wee darlings were still on the wrong side of the road!
Here they come..
And there they go…
Off to join the rest of the family..
(look among the base of the palm trees to see the other swans)
You can imagine I was very relieved to see them cross the road safely. The smiles of the waiting drivers said they were glad, too.
Here they are where they belong, back in the water..
As I stepped out of the road (and the cars moved on), so did the swan family..
Aren’t they beautiful?
And please join me in wishing that they stay on the safe side of the road in the future!
I’m just glad that, as last time, Em and I happened to be out at the right moment. Of course, I don’t believe in coincidence, so I think Devorgilla may have had something to do with the timing.
Either way, all’s well that ends well..
Enjoy your Sunday. And above all…
As always, please be kind to animals.