Irish vet Noel Fitzpatrick rescued a swan who had wandered onto a busy road in the centre of Dublin.
The bird was distressed after taking a wrong turn and found itself away from the tranquillity of nature into a noisy terrifying world.
Thankfully Co Laois native Fitzpatrick happened to be passing while on his way to an interview.
He stopped an oncoming car and ushered the swan to the edge of the road and along a footpath.
He then wrapped the swan in his jacket before releasing it back into the canal.
He could be heard saying: “We’re home mate, it’s fine. Good boy, off you go.”
The incident was caught on camera and Fitzpatrick shared the video to his Twitter page.
He said: “We came across this poor confused fella who was stuck in the middle of the main road.
“Having experienced many swan rescues down the years I knew I could help… mission accomplished…now happy and safe at home.”
Fitzpatrick’s fans were impressed with his quick thinking.
See, that’s the definition of a true gentleman, to me anyone who genuinely loves and appreciates animals are the best people to be around.
— nikki scott (@nikki51jamtart) 6 November 2018
One said: “Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear tweed jackets.”
Another added: “Wish everyone was as caring and loving as you. The world would be a better place.”
Yes and people who truly love people ?? Even when I get discouraged about humanity-I remember that unless humans are made better-there’s no hope for animals or ?. Daily reminders of people like this brings hope that somehow there’s a way to get to a better world ?
— Ⓥ ??? LOVEMAS #GoVeganForLove (@InLWithLBeingL) 7 November 2018
You are a good man Noel and a thoroughly decent human being.
— Foolmonty (@DRMonty70) 6 November 2018
Take a look at the video below.
On route to the next interview in Dublin this afternoon and we came across this poor confused fella who was stuck in the middle of the main road. Having experienced many Swan rescues down the years I knew I could help… mission accomplished…now happy and safe at home x pic.twitter.com/wXoOIk8JKP
— Noel Fitzpatrick (@ProfNoelFitz) 6 November 2018
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling