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www.wmfd.com - Some residents near Bellville are relieved that a swan, stuck for several days in a frozen Clear Fork River, is now free. }}" />

   
 
 
Swan stuck in the ice for days now free

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  Original Published: 2/13/2014After days of being stuck in a frozen river, a Mute Swan is now free. Holly Dishong says the bird had been stuck in ice on the Clear Fork River, just off Stoffer Road, near Bellville. Dishong and other local residents were concerned about the stuck swan, and even tried to feed it by throwing bread out onto the ice. She called several local agencies trying to get some help for the bird. But no one responded. Then Thursday, before anyone arrived to help, it managed to free itself. Gail Laux, Executive Director of The Ohio Bird Sanctuary, says the swan is likely to be a bit stressed because of its ordeal, but should be just fine. She says this species of swan is bred for domestic purposes, and bought by many people for use in their ponds. But she's seeing more of them escape their homes and end up in the wild. Laux showed up to check on the swan Thursday, after it freed itself. She says the bird sanctuary is not a rescue group. But they were concerned for the swan's welfare. And because of the overwhelming number of phone calls from people worried about the bird, they were compelled to do something to help it. The Ohio Bird Sanctuary relies on concerned residents to bring injured birds to them for help.
   
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