A family of swans are back where they belong after causing rush-hour chaos on a Northamptonshire road.
Drivers were forced onto a diversion down country lanes as police closed a stretch of the A428 near East Haddon last month after mum, dad and their seven cygnets wandered on to the carriageway.
The swans eventually found their way into a local garden — where they were looked after until rescuers arrived and took them to nearby Ravensthorpe reservoir.
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Kind-hearted homeowner Roger Lones said: "My wife and I arrived home a week last Thursday to find neighbours telling us a family of swans were in our back garden.
"They were making themselves comfortable but we were worried that the cygnets would be easy prey for local foxes so we penned the swans in our back garden to try to keep them safe overnight and our near neighbours said they would be camping out overnight to keep a watch.
"All the cygnets hid under their mother's wings and the cob kept watch. Happily, they all survived and two lovely ladies from Animals in Need near Wellingborough came out the next morning. We took them to Ravensthorpe reservoir where they were released."
Kind-hearted Emma Townsend and Bernie Green, from Irchester-based charity Animals in Need, came out to help the swans find a new home ... although, as these photos show, they took a bit of catching!
But the family were finally shooed into baskets before being freed to swim off into the sunset.
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