Trumpeter swan rescued from water-filled ditch

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Staffers at the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery in the Methow Valley rescued a trumpeter swan this week, trapped in a water-filled ditch in temperatures below zero.

Hatchery workers gave the bird a place to warm up inside the facility, then blindfolded it to keep it calm, and drove it all the way to a Spokane veterinary hospital where it could be looked after.

The swan appeared unable to fly, but hatchery workers said it’s undergoing tests and seems otherwise healthy.