No harm, no fowl: family of swans undertakes perilous journey through Innaloo

The family of swans on their journey to Jackadder Lake.
The family of swans on their journey to Jackadder Lake.

A FAMILY of swans has undertaken a perilous journey through Innaloo.

The five cygnets and their parents were spotted making their way across traffic on Sunday morning.

City of Stirling security officers discovered the swans on Odin Road in Innaloo, near Cedric Street about 9.30am.

They spent 90 minutes escorting the family across busy roads, even stopping vehicles on Scarborough Beach Road to let them cross, until they reached Jackadder Lake in Woodlands.

City of Stirling security officers guide the swans across Scarborough Beach Road.

Community safety manager Laurie Crouch praised the three staff who helped the birds.

“Security officers helped a family of swans arrive safely at Jackadder Lake, after the group ventured out onto busy roads during their journey,” he said.

“The City is proud of the security officers involved and their dedication to protecting the community and local birdlife.”

Doubleview resident Beverley told Community News she saw the officers guiding the birds across Barnes Street in Innaloo in the morning then again an hour and a half later.

Swans on their journey to Jackadder Lake.

She believed the swans had travelled from Lake Gwelup, a distance of about 3.5km to Jackadder Lake.

But the family may have had an even riskier start to the day, with parents and babies spotted crossing Mitchell Freeway near Stirling station after 7am.

Anabela De Abreu was driving southbound on the freeway when they noticed traffic stopping.

A family of swans on the Mitchell Freeway near Stirling station. Picture: Fabiano De Abreu

“Much to our surprise, the beautiful creatures were right beside us as we drove by,” she said.

“Our hearts broke for the little family, just lost and in 100 per cent harms way, but managed to survive through it all.

“The drivers were all very cautious and patient.”

City of Perth rangers and WA Police also acted as swan escorts, with photos posted to social media showing police blocking the Cedric Street off ramp with their vehicle while rangers herded the animals to safety.

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