Heath swan attacked by dog on the mend

'The Widow' is recovering at a sanctuary

Thursday, 23rd July 2020 — By Dan Carrier

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The injured swan

A SWAN attacked by a dog on Hampstead Heath is recovering well.

The New Journal reported last week how The Widow, who had been the subject of a charming love story on the waters throughout lockdown, was severely injured and there had been fears she would not survive.

She had unexpectedly found a new mate at an earlier visit to a swan sanctuary and the pair had started a family on Highgate No 1 pond after being released on the Heath. The Widow had lost her first mate in a freak accident years ago and refused all other suitors.


Swan rescuer Louisa Green, who paid The Widow a visit last week, said: “She has a good appetite and is communicating well with the other adult inpatients in her pen, which are good signs. She looked so much brighter and more relaxed than when we dropped her off at the sanctuary.”

She added: “The main concern with dog bites is infection. There is no sign of this yet, and she has been treated with antibiotics.” Meanwhile, her partner, named Wallace, has had his wings full caring for their offspring, adds Ms Green. She said: “Wallace is doing a fabulous job of looking after their seven cygnets.

The Hampstead Heath Constabulary are asking for anyone who witnessed the attack – which took place last Monday afternoon – to get in touch via hampstead.heath@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Ms Green added: “We would like to thank the City of London for their support.”

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