A group of recently-hatched young cygnets had a lucky escape this week (Wednesday 25 May) after they were rescued from a fast-flowing weir in Ware.

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Staff from an office on Priory Street in Ware were concerned for the welfare of the baby swans after they saw them stuck in the weir located on the canal next to their offices and immediately reported the incident to the RSPCA.

There were seven cygnets in total that had gone over the edge and had landed in a pond that was around 40 metres squared that then channelled back into the river, separating them from their parents.

RSPCA animal collection officer Kate Wright who came to their rescue said: “These cygnets had only just hatched last weekend and so were extremely young and vulnerable. I was really concerned and rushed to the scene to help.

“The parents seemed very distressed when I arrived. They couldn’t seem to gain access to where the cygnets were and they must have just been wondering where their babies had gone.

“I finally managed to catch them and bring them to safety before taking them back to the canal to be released near their parents.

“It was so lovely to be able to reunite the family – it was a beautiful and touching moment to see the parents come over to greet them. It really made my week!”