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Saving swans whose goose was cooked
Wildlife workers have rescued 50 swans from the Thames between Hampton Court and Kingston, after the birds were found covered in cooking oil and suffering from the loss of their waterproof coating.
The oil is potentially lethal for cygnets who can drown under its weight on their down.
Rescuers from the Swan Sanctuary in Egham say it is the largest number of birds they have ever had to pull out of the Thames.
They were alerted to the problem early on March 8 by an employee at Hampton Court Palace who noticed an older swan acting strangely.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency urged people not to pour oil down the drain because it will go directly into the river and is harmful to wildlife.