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Praise for couple who tended to dying swan in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 10:10 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:10 26 May 2015

Bawley Bay in Gravesend. Picture: Jordan Meade

Bawley Bay in Gravesend. Picture: Jordan Meade

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Injured animal discovered in Bawley Bay

A COUPLE who tended to an injured bird in Gravesham for two hours on Sunday have reaffirmed a councillor’s faith in human nature, he says.

Newly-elected Jordan Meade came across the couple, known only as Mandy and Paul, at Bawley Bay in Gravesend as he was returning from the annual civic service. The woman was sitting on a bench looking after an injured swan.

“I immediately offered the couple my assistance as it was clear that the swan was very unwell,” said Cllr Meade, who at 19 is Gravesham’s youngest ever councillor.

“We called the RSPCA, but it was nearly two hours before they could arrive. Mandy sat with the swan for all that time.

“I was humbled by her selflessness and caring nature. It is good to see people in our town doing what they can to help our wildlife.

“I am pleased to say that during that time we were supported by the Port of London Authority, two special constables and finally the RSPCA.”

Unfortunately, the swan was so badly injured that it had to be put down.

“It is a consolation to know that we were there to provide what little comfort we could to the swan,” Cllr Meade added.

“Mandy reaffirmed my good faith in the people of Gravesham. She and the others gave up their afternoon to provide what comfort they could to this beautiful bird.”

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