Swans and geese often float or
swim with a foot lying along their backs.
It looks extremely odd but is quite normal.
They can even sleep with the head tucked under the wing while standing on one leg.
If they really do have a broken leg they will be using their wings to help them balance as they hop about on land.
They need to be hand fed until they come close enough to be caught but this takes time and patience.
They can be difficult to catch as they will tend to fly away when approached.
Adult, injured wing
Geese, especially Canada Geese,
are often hatched with a condition called 'Aeroplane wing' or 'Angel
This means the 'wrist' joint can't bring the wing feathers around to lie flat against the body and a few stick out at an angle.
The condition mainly affects one wing but a few cases have been seen where both wings were affected.
'Aeroplane wing' means that the bird can't fly but will otherwise lead a normal life.
Only call for help if the bird has blood on the feathers or has a wing dragging on the ground.
Have you seen the rest of the
Sometimes one or two get separated from the flock but will be accepted back if the main group can be found.
If you can catch it, put it in a box lined with newspaper with a small bowl of river or pond water to drink
until the rest of the family reappears or is found.
If the bird is an orphan, or the family cannot be located, it will have to go to a rescue centre for rearing.
Emergency feeding: pond or river water in a shallow bowl and crumbled, wet brown bread.
Can you get near enough to catch
By the time a rescue centre helper gets to the area it could well have swum away out of sight, so try and lure it close
enough to catch if possible, then wait for help or find a box and take it to a rescue centre yourself.