Supervet Noel sticks his neck out to rescue swan in traffic
It was a case of right place, right time for one Dublin swan when Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick happened across the befuddled bird in a bit of bother while in town yesterday.
The swan had landed in the middle of traffic on the main Donnybrook Road when Noel was en route to RTE for an interview with Ray D'Arcy on Radio 1.
The swan had managed to ruffle a few feathers with his unfortunate landing spot in front of a taxi, causing a motorcyclist and truck drivers to swerve in order to avoid running the bird over.
Arriving in the RTE studio a little wet after his rescue mission in the rain, Noel, who hosts The Supervet on Channel 4, explained he had wrapped the bewildered animal in his tweed jacket.
Coincidentally, the hero of his new book, Becoming The Supervet, is known as Vetman and Noel joked he had personified the character in the few minutes it took to help out his feathered friend.
He also revealed he had once crashed his bike on the same road and that he felt for the swan.
"We were rushing from Grafton Street down here and crossed the canal, and a swan just mistook the road for the canal because it is blizzarding rain down there and just landed on the road right in front of a taxi cab," Noel told Ray.
"Trucks were coming, bikes were swerving, and I was like, 'Pull the car over I need to put my red [superhero] pants on', nah no time for the pants on the outside of the trousers - Vetman jumped out of the car.
"Fortunately I had a lovely tweed jacket on that I had just done a television interview in, so that was perfect for getting the swan safely under it and I ran him back to the canal and released him."
Luckily the swan hadn't injured himself, or any motorists, but Noel revealed it had been a close call.
"The motorbike that had swerved was unbelievably close and a taxi that had swerved from out behind another car, you're not going to expect there is a swan in the middle of the Donnybrook Road," he said.
Taking to social media after the incident, Noel explained he had rescued swans in the past.
"Mission accomplished," he added.