This is the heartwarming moment a mother swan carried six of her fluffy children, under her wings and across the pond.
After checking they were all there, the mother swan gently tucked her wings back to avoid them falling off before gliding back to the nest.
The moment was captured by Richard Meston, speaking on this he said:
“The cygnets (young swan) had been splashing in the water around their mum. They looked like they were starting to get tired and one by one started to scramble up on their mum’s back. She didn’t mind at all and even gave them a nudge up.”
“After they got settled in, she covered them with her wings protectively like a
cushion and went on her way.”
“She kept looking back to make sure they were still there. It was almost as if she was giving them a quick telling-off to keep them in line. I could imagine them like kids in the back of the car saying, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ and squabbling.”