FIREFIGHTERS worked with an animal welfare charity to rescue a swan that had become trapped in a lock gate.
The bird had become lodged behind the gate at Mexborough Top Lock on Ferry Boat Lane.
Firefighters from Edlington station were called to the scene by an RSPCA officer who could not reach the hapless waterfowl.
The fire service used an inflatable boat to reach the swan.
RSPCA inspector Sara Jordan said: “The poor swan had got herself well and truly wedged between the metal and the wood of the lock gate. Her wing was stuck between the slats and she could hardly move.
“We think perhaps she had entered another swan’s territory and had been fleeing attack when she got herself stuck.
“I couldn’t have rescued this poor bird without the help of the fire service and their technical equipment. We are extremely grateful to the fire service for helping us.
“Using their pneumatic spreader tool, we managed to create enough room for me to gently push her trapped wing backwards and ease her out.
“She was checked over at the vets who found that thankfully there were no broken bones, just some soft tissue damage.
“She is now recovering at our RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire before she will be released back into the wild.”