Adorable cygnet trapped in lock for two days finally freed as mum stays by its side pining for baby’s release
A young swan trapped in a lock for two days has finally escaped after its mother stayed by its side pining for its release.
The adorable cygnet became stuck in a lock in Leicester after crawling through a gap in the wooden structure and falling down into the lower water.
Photographer Nigel Kibble spotted the swan’s parents desperately trying to rescue it before a boater opened the lock to free the bird and reunite it with its family.
Nigel said: “It was really like watching any mum and dad try to console their child if they’d got stuck somewhere.
“They never left its side over and were cooing trying to comfort it until it could be freed.”
Nigel, 46, from Leicester, was walking near the weir at Lock No 41 on Sunday when he spotted the trapped swan.
He phoned the Canal and River Trust which is responsible for the nation’s waterways but no-one was available to go along to open the lock.
When he returned on Monday the cygnet was still there and so he called again to see if the Trust could provide assistance.
And yesterday the adorable young bird had been released and was swimming free with its parents again.
Nigel said: “Its anxious parents were trying to coax and pull it out without success.
“One of them got even into the section of the river with the cygnet.
“The water level was not high enough for it to climb out and there was not a long enough stretch of water for it to build up speed to take off.
“I’m a parent myself and I know how anxious they must have been knowing their son or daughter was stuck!
“Thankfully the cygnet has been released and they’ve all be reunited.”
A spokesman for the Canal and River Trust said: “We were informed about the situation and a member of staff went along to the site to find that a boater or member of public had opened the lock allowing the birds to move on.”