Swan attacks as rescuer attempts to free baby

Swan attacks a rescuer trying to free a baby swan stuck in a chain-link fence. Photo from Caters News Agency

Swan attacks a rescuer trying to free a baby swan stuck in a chain-link fence. Photo from Caters News Agency

A wildlife expert called in to rescue a baby swan stuck in a chain-link fence on the banks of the River Thames found himself being attacked by the protective father, who throws a pretty good left wing.

Simon Cowell, who runs Surrey-based Wildlife Aid Foundation in the U.K. and who often videotapes his animal rescues, was called to the scene where a swan family was concerned for the young swan, called a cygnet, that attempted to go through a fence and got caught, according to Caters News Agency.

As Cowell approached the scene, he essentially predicted the outcome, joking, "This is where we like to get attacked."

The father swan, also known as a cob, was the attacker. Wildlife Aid posted the story:

As Cowell attempted to push the cygnet back through the fence to freedom, the cob punched him with his left wing.

"Don't do that," Cowell said. "Don't be silly. Stop it."

Rescuer pushes baby swan back through fence to free it. Photo from Caters News Agency

Rescuer pushes baby swan back through fence to free it. Photo from Caters News Agency

Happily, Cowell managed to free the baby swan and release it into the water to join its family.

"They're all together again," he said. "They're all happy, and I've got a bruised arm."

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