19 December 2012
Lay a little sheet down on the ground. Pick up a swan, and place it on top of the sheet. Fold the sheet around the swan. There is a zip on the sheet: zip it closed so the swan is now in a little swan straightjacket. There are straps on the sheet, too: tie these together so the swan is extra snug, and you create a handle. Then walk away with the swan as your handbag.
Is that strange? It happened for real! When we walked to the restaurant for the geographical Christmas lunch, we came across a lady who was doing just that. Why, you may ask? She was of the RSPCA, and had been called because someone had noticed something was wrong with the swan. She was going to take it to a vet in order to find out what was the matter. And people evidently have invented special injured-swan-recovery sheets for such occasions! Who would have thought.