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130 Cygnets Vaccinated At Abbotsbury Swannery

Swanherd Vaccine

4:31pm 9th July 2013

Swanherds have the mammoth job of injecting 130 cygnets plus their parents today at Abbotsbury Swannery.

The routine vaccine will protect them against a fatal bird virus.

Swanherd Dave Wheeler said: 'Swans are very susceptible to duck viral enteritis. In the past we have lost a lot of birds very quickly to this virus.

'We go round nests and pens one at a time and sometimes this means catching the birds in the water. This can be a very difficult procedure and can result in hilarious viewing for spectators observing swanherds getting a ducking, or sinking up to their knees in mud.'

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