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WATCH: swans dance as they're reunited

The courtship dance was filmed by RSPCA Inspector Jenny Bethel. Credit: PA Images

The RSPCA have released footage of a pair of swans doing a courtship dance after the female was returned to her partner following an injury.

Swans can mistake wet roads for rivers or canals and the female bird was taken into care after she crash-landed onto the A50, close to Britannia Stadium.

She was treated at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich for head trauma and leg injuries which caused her problems walking.

After four weeks of rehabilitation she was returned to the nearest lake to where she was found by Inspector Jenny Bethel, who videoed her release back into the wild and was pleasantly surprised by what happened.

“I just let her go and was expecting her to fly off as most wildlife just want to get away as fast as they can but she just starting walking towards some birds that were being fed nearby.

“She went straight up to a male swan and they clearly liked each other immediately and they started doing what I could only describe as a courtship dance - moving their heads in similar directions while looking into each others’ eyes.

“It was so sweet to watch - I couldn’t believe it. I wondered if this was her mate and after a month apart they were so pleased to see each other or perhaps it was just love at first sight.

“Whatever the explanation it was a pleasure to watch and I have never seen anything like it before.”

– Jenny Bethel, RSPCA Inspector

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