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Set free Kerry garda hailed for brave rescue of cygnet caught in nets

Garda Sheila Griffin stepped in to save the stranded creature as the mother watched on

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The cygnet got caught in nets

The cygnet got caught in nets

The cygnet got caught in nets

A Garda has been hailed for her brave rescue of a cygnet that got caught in nets in Tralee this morning. 

Garda Sheila Griffin stepped in to save the stranded creature as two concerned adult swans watched.

The gardaí in the Cork, Kerry & Limerick Southern Region posted the rescue on their Facebook page with the caption: “Garda Sheila Griffin rescuing a little cygnet who got caught in nets in Tralee this morning, as a very concerned mother swan watches on.”

Animal lovers responded gratefully to the Garda for her actions.

“Well done Garda Griffin. Tralee appreciates your hard work and dedication to the community,” one person wrote.

Another added: “Thank you Garda Griffin. I hope someone made you a nice cuppa to warm you up afterwards.”

One person pointed out: “A very brave young Garda as the mother could have felt threatened”, while another added: “Absolutely brilliant.”

Last month, a Dublin Garda also earned praise after rescuing an injured swan from the Grand Canal banks.

Karl O’Reilly from Kilmainham Garda Station rescued the stricken bird after being alerted by people in the area.

In a tweet, An Garda Síochána said: “Garda Karl O’Reilly from Kilmainham Garda Station rescued an injured swan from the banks of the Grand Canal after passers-by alerted the Gardaí.

“The animal was safely conveyed to the DSPCA where it is being cared for by the veterinary staff. #HereToHelp.”

Followers flocked to the comments to thank the officer for his hard work.

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One user wrote: “Well done and thank you Karl.”

Another said: “Amazing work, fair play."

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