Swan Stops Traffic on Woodward, Ferndale Crew Steps in to Help
(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 14, 2022)
Ferndale, MI – A swan was saved from potential peril Monday morning after landing in Downtown Ferndale from who knows where.
“It was blocking traffic in Woodward early this morning while DPW was out working, they shooed it out of the road into the parking lot,” said councilperson Laura Mikulski. The creature had a foot that appeared to be damaged by frostbite, and clearly didn’t grasp the danger of cars. So Mikulski offered to help find the bird a safer place.
“It was really calm until we started getting it into the dog crate. Like any wild animal, they don’t like being penned,” she said. “And they sure don’t like some weird human sticking her arm in their face.” The teamwork paid off though, and the swan was safe.
The City of Ferndale posted pictures on social media. “A huge thanks to our DPW team for their unplanned animal-rescue efforts today,” their Facebook page said. “A frightened swan found itself on Woodward during the morning commute, and four members of the crew working locally jumped into action. Our swan friend was collected safely, and we’re told it was taken to a rescue facility in north Oakland County by Councilmember Laura Mikulski. Thank you to all for the quick thinking and animal empathy on this Monday morning”