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Stubborn swan blocks road and causes traffic chaos after getting lost in town

A stubborn swan blocked traffic after getting lost in town, delaying many frustrated commuters.

Traffic was brought to a standstill in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales when a swan started walking down the road.

Bemused commuters were held up by the animal who appeared to have taken a wrong turn.

Locals tried to help the swan take off and return to a nearby pond which it occasionally looked towards.

Local traffic reportedly moved carefully around the swan as the incident unfolded.

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Speaking to Sky News, Alisan Statham, a local B&B owner, said she and her husband, Phil, tried to help.

She said: “We saw the traffic slowing down so we stopped and then Phil, my husband, said ‘There’s a swan holding up the traffic,’

“We just stopped and then watched this bus slowly coming towards us with the swan sort of walking in front of it.”

Traffic reportedly stopped going one way so a bus could drive around the swan without colliding with it.

Alison added: “The car in front of us or a couple of cars in front of us stopped quite a way in front of the swan so that the bus eventually went around it really slowly.

“But in the meantime, my husband had got out, and the lady in the car behind us got out, and I got out.

“We were trying to shoo it over the wall but it needs a run…they need to run, flap their wings and then take off.”

Following efforts by fellow road users, the swan reportedly successfully made it to safety.

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Alison said the swan was looking for fellow swans over the other side of the wall.

She said: “Apparently, there’s a gap in the wall a bit further down going back towards Minffordd so apparently it got through there but we didn’t see that.

“There was a family of swans I believe in the water to the right-hand side and it kept walking along and poking its head over the wall just to see where they were.”

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