Hampstead Heath’s lockdown love swan rescued for emergency treatment after dog attack

Mrs Newbie has been taken to the Swan Sanctuary. Picture: Ron Vester

Mrs Newbie has been taken to the Swan Sanctuary. Picture: Ron Vester - Credit: Archant

The famous love swan of Highgate’s No.1 Pond has been rescued for emergency treatment after being attacked by a dog.

The rescue mission. Picture: Ron Vester

The rescue mission. Picture: Ron Vester - Credit: Archant

Mrs Newbie, a widow who later found love in lockdown and had seven cygnets, was injured on Monday (July 13), since which rescue efforts have continued.

Eventually, on Tuesday evening at 9.30pm, Mrs Newbie was recovered by a team of helpers from Swan Support, one of whom aboard a kayak managed to grab her and then hold the swan between their knees.

Mrs Newbie was then taken in a cage to the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton for treatment, Heath sub-committee member Ron Vester told the Ham&High.

Ron said: “The wounds were severe but there’s hope she will survive.

Mrs Newbie and her cygnets. Picture: Ron Vester

Mrs Newbie and her cygnets. Picture: Ron Vester - Credit: Archant


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“I watched poor Wallace (Mrs Newbie’s partner) sitting in the middle of the pond, the poor creature.

“He will be monitored carefully with the seven cygnets until hopefully his famous mate Mrs Newbie comes home.”

Rescue efforts continued into the night. Picture: Ron Vester

Rescue efforts continued into the night. Picture: Ron Vester - Credit: Archant

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