November 13, 2010 / Media / Brooklyn news / Podcast / Meadows of Shame

Achilles, the snared cygnet, is saved!

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Two heroic park advocates have saved Achillies — and we have the exclusive photos and video! It’s part two of our “Hail, Achillies!” coverage.

Posted 12:00 am, November 13, 2010
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Chris from Windsor Terrace says:
Great job! Your skill at rescuing this cygnet is priceless.
Those barbed treble hooks are not intended for catch-and-release.
The fish, birds, turtles, dogs, and most of all, parents of children of all ages, owe the two of you a big hug.
Nov. 13, 2010, 9:06 am
Harold from Park Slope says:
The boys of the Brooklyn Paper know what they are doing when they have Anne-Katrin Titze explaining the scene of the latest act of shame at Prospect Park.
I have never seen one person fishing checked by anyone from the park system.
The people who use hooks and lures like the one in the video are not what I call sportsmen.
Nov. 13, 2010, 9:22 am
Jen Jie from South Slope says:
A noble rescue, hurray! (Though the cygnet looked none too pleased in the embrace.)
Nov. 13, 2010, 9:30 am
Kenneth from Park Slope says:
The harm done to the wildlife at Prospect Park Lake is ignored.
I have seen song birds tangled in monofilament so thick it could snag a raccoon.
The irresponsible behavior at the lake is widespread.
Do not let the Alliance fool you. They have turned over the lakeside to poachers.
Nov. 13, 2010, 10:14 am
Carolyn from Prospect Heights says:
The kindness shown by the two rescuers deserves to be recognized formally by the Parks department.
Nov. 13, 2010, 10:24 am
sheila from plg says:
Thanks Ed and Anne - your actions and care create a ripple effect - all the way to the West Coast. And Brooklyn Paper, you are kind of genius.
Nov. 13, 2010, 10:32 am
Carlton/Pat from Park Slope says:
We have great admiration for your two guests. They are more than just celebrities, they are what makes Brooklyn great.
They come through, when others look the other way.
Nov. 13, 2010, 10:33 am
Jonathan from Park Slope says:
This kind of debris carelessly left in and around Prospect Park Lake is permitted by the Prospect Park Alliance.
Their policy is see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
We, who dare to comment on the lack of enforcement are treated as the problem.
Nov. 13, 2010, 10:58 am
Kathy from Lakeside- Windsor Terrace says:
Cheers to Anne & ED for rescuing Achilles....

Prospect Park Alliance, Tupper Thomas should all be ashamed of themselves for not enforcing the rules and regulations of Prospect Park.

What does it take to get the PPA to enforce rules???
Nov. 13, 2010, 11:12 am
Caroline from Park Slope says:
Thank you Ed Bahlman and Anne-Katrin Titze for your courage and care. I saw Achilles today - he is one happy swan.
Nov. 13, 2010, 12:17 pm
Rina Deych, RN and Wildlife Rehabilitator from Boro Park says:
Kudos to Anne and Ed for a successful rescue from the illegal barbed fishing hook! Shame on people using these dangerous, illegal hooks. Fishing should be banned in Prospect Park, period. Aside from the fact that, all too often, people are doing it irresponsibly, the act itself is cruel to fish, who are sentient creatures who feel pain just as we do.
Let's expand our compassion to all animals.

Rina Deych
Vegan Nurse
Nov. 13, 2010, 12:27 pm
Leland from Park Slope says:
Achilles, what a great name! The swans on Prospect Park lake are heroic. I've seen and heard (!) the 7 swans flying together around the lake. To have this pleasure is one of the great joys of the park, and of Brooklyn. Thanks to the rescuers for giving Achilles back his wings!
Nov. 13, 2010, 1:06 pm
Irene from Windsor Terrace says:
My girlfriend and I love the Achilles action videos. Great job, Brooklyn Paper! How did you get your two celebrities to come into the studio?

Great job bringing the story to life for us. We feel like we were there at the lake.
Nov. 13, 2010, 1:30 pm
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Great job, Anne, Ed and the Brooklyn Paper!

This is a happy ending for the cygnet.

But, it is not so happy for the other waterfowl such as Canada geese who get caught up in fishing lines in other locations.

I tried to get help for two Canada geese ensnared in fishing line at Harlem Meer a couple of months ago. The line was so tightly wrapped around the birds' legs that they could barely walk and kept the injured legs held up all the time. This is very painful for the birds.

But, Park Rangers were useless telling me that because the geese could fly, they were "impossible" to get.

Very frustrating as now the geese have flown away (or been chased away) and I will never know what happened with the two injured geese.

I am informed that eventually the legs can fall off from tightly bound fishing line as it cuts off the circulation.

Sad that even in a public park, we can't let the animals live in peace.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:11 pm
Steve from Windsor Terrace says:
Congratulations to Anne and brave Ed for a job well done.
I visited the lakeside this morning and saw Achilles resting comfortably near his parent swan.

Stephen Brown did a great job reporting, and Gersh belongs on broadcast TV - he is delightfully funny! Watch out Jay Leno - the competition is waiting in the wings!
Great job!
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:36 pm
Mary Beth from Windsor Terrace says:
AWESOME work guys!!! Anne, Ed! Incredible work saving this young swan Yee haw!
Gersh, Stephen, THANKS for following through on the "adventures" of Achilles. Creative reporting that gets the message across! Great job! Gersh and Stephen you are hysterical!

That said...Ban fishing in the park...period! Enough!
Nov. 13, 2010, 9:54 pm
Normal Person from Fort Greene says:
The lure is not dangerous or illegal. Its is in fact an expensive rig (comparatively) and was most likely left because it was snagged and lost. The people who leave garbage behind and negatively impact nature are not sportsmen.

Welcome to the real world, who cares about Canadian geese. There are so many of them because we killed of their predators so it is our job to thin the heard.

Banning fishing will stop rule following, decent people from enjoying the lake. Lets start by banning morons and see where that gets us.
Nov. 14, 2010, 11:02 am
Samuel from Windsor Terrace says:
Not only is the lure a pathetic attempt at playing fisherman in a man-made pool of water, it represents an infantile relationship to the park.
Nov. 14, 2010, 11:55 am
Percy from Park Slope says:
We have found turtles beheaded because a lure like the one in the video caught a turtle. The lake is unsafe to fish in. Caught lines are common and hooks are left in the lake each time. There's more garbage in the lake than fish. Only a fool would choose Prospect Park Lake as a destination to use this type of lure.
Nov. 14, 2010, 12:14 pm
Greta from Park Slope says:
Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rescuing wildlife is so important in this city after what just happened in Prospect Park a few short months ago. This is what I call caring for our wildlife. No animal should have to suffer in a public park!
Nov. 14, 2010, 2:47 pm
Moshe aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
I have two words for all politicos"DROP DEAD"
Nov. 14, 2010, 9:16 pm
Timothy from Kensington says:
No one should permit the abuse of animals. We need serious enforcement to minimize these occurrances.
Barbed hooks are all too common.
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:24 am
Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
Rina Deych
Who painted over your doors? it was in the news
Nov. 15, 2010, 12:45 pm
Jackson Landers from Not local says:
Am I alone in finding it kind of creepy how the guy with the beard is always smiling and looking so gleeful in these videos when he's talking about an animal suffering for no good end? I'm not saying that he's a horrible human being or anything. Just that he should make an effort to stop looking so gleeful at suffering.
Nov. 16, 2010, 12:49 pm

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