A swan has been reunited with his mate and cygnets thanks to an RSPCA inspector.

The swan had become trapped and separated from his mate at a canal at George’s Row, Briton Ferry, and was not able to escape.

RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis, who was called to the location on Saturday (22 June), said: “The swan was fixated on getting back to his mate and three cygnets and wasn’t able to get over or under a metal pipe that crossed the canal. He was quite in a predicament.

“I was carefully able to catch him with a hook and move him safely onto the tow path where he re-joined his mate. Luckily he wasn’t injured following his ordeal and was able to swim off with his family.

“Rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife is a huge part of the RSPCA’s work – and happy rescues like this are such a rewarding part of the job.

“We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears and contact us when they discover animals in need. This swan’s story had a happy ending thanks to the caring people who let us know about him. We were able to rescue and release him swiftly.”

RSPCA Cymru urges the public to call their 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999 if they spot a wild bird in distress – and to keep a safe distance and not try to handle the bird, as wild animals can scratch and bite when they are frightened or confused. For more information about what to do if you see an injured wild animal, visit the RSPCA’s website: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals

Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru complete rescues such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.