RSPCA rescuers in Britain said a woman was lucky to evade injury when a swan crashed through her bathroom window in Nottinghamshire just moments after she had exited the room. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA
Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Britain said a swan crashed through a window into a woman's bathroom just moments after she had left for another room.
The RSPCA said a resident of the home in Shamrock Lodge, Barton-in-Fabis, Nottinghamshire, had just left the bathroom moments earlier when the swan came crashing through the window around 8 a.m. Monday.
Animal rescue inspector Keith Ellis, who responded to the scene to collect the swan, said it was a highly unusual incident.
"I have seen them crash-land on to busy roads thinking they are rivers but nothing like this. It is so bizarre," Ellis said.
He said the swan underwent surgery at a local veterinary practice and is now recovering at Stapeley Grange Wildlife Center, near Nantwich, Cheshire. Ellis said the swan will be released back into the wild once it is back to full health.
Ellis said it was lucky that the bathroom was unoccupied.
"The lady was so lucky when this happened as she had just been in the bathroom," he said. "Had she still been there when this swan crashed through the window, I am sure the glass shattering and the impact of the bird hitting her would have caused serious injury -- or even worse."
He said the swam must have been disoriented at the time.
"I think the swan was looking and flying to the nearby River Trent and must have misjudged the direction. It was also quite windy at the time, which may have blown her off course," he said.