Swans are famously protective of their young and Simon Cowell, founder of Wildlife Aid Foundation, had to be brave to work the cygnet free.
A wildlife worker had to withstand a vicious onslaught from an angry swan as he rescued its baby from a fence near the River Thames
Simon Cowell, founder of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, was called by a member of the public who found the cygnet caught in the fence next to the waterway.
Swans are famously protective of their young and Mr Cowell – not to be confused with the music mogul – had to be extremely brave to work the cygnet free.
The angry bird battered him with its large wings, but Mr Cowell was able to eventually return the cygnet to the river and its agitated dad.
“They are such protective parents,” Mr Cowell said.
“Everyone’s happy and I’ve got a bruised arm!”