Injured swans reunited at Liverpool park as lake refilled

A pair of swans which had been injured last month at a Liverpool lake have now been reunited.

The family of swans, which had become a familiar sight on Princes Park lake in Toxteth this summer, were blighted by injury and death at the end of July.

They were found injured after apparently getting caught up in fishing tackle and had been taken to the RSPCA for treatment.

Several of the cygnets were also injured or died, sparking consternation amongst local residents who had grown fond of seeing the family in the lake at Princes Park, which has seen a huge increase in visitors this year since lockdown.

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Problems with water levels at the lake had exposed an embankment which was being used by both the swans and people fishing nearby.

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Throughout August, Liverpool city council had been carrying out work on the lake to install a new bore hole pump mechanism to increase water levels, which had not recovered following a drought earlier in the year.

The replenished Princes Park lake, refilled after the council installed a pump to help with water levels

The swans were returned to their home just in time to enjoy the newly refilled Princes Park lake and were pictured last week by chair of the Friends of Princes Park, Katy Gardner, who shared her stunning photograph of the moment they were reunited with the ECHO.

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A spokesperson for Friends of Princes Park said: "Happily the male swan successfully joined his partner and cygnet and they seemed to have bonded at once.

"Apparently sometimes the males take against their cygnets, but so far so good, and in any case very soon the cygnet will fly off. It is doing some great practice flights along the lake.

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"It feels as if they have never been apart. The two remaining cygnets are still with RSPCA and will be rehoused, but not here.

"Hopefully the adults will now stay here over winter and next year have better luck with their offspring."