Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but...

"Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but for that animal, their world is changed forever!" - Unknown

When animals are rescued they can show their appreciation in beautiful ways, as Richard Wiese experienced. This swan's response was very moving when Richard and his friends from The Regal Swan Foundation, Inc. and Swan Lifeline saved this injured bird.

This is how Richard describes that moment:

"I lifted him, and gently pressed on his chest so that he felt confident and safe. After a few moments the swan stopped resisting and literally wrapped himself around my neck.

I could feel his heart beating beside mine. I wanted to shut my eyes in order to enjoy this moment completely.

It's really a wonderful feeling when you sense a true connection and mutual trust - when an animal realizes you mean him no harm".