Two days later, an elderly woman had a lucky escape after a swan crash-landed through a double-glazed window of her bathroom in Barton in Fabis, Nottinghamshire.
After finding the bloodied bird dazed and confused on her bathroom floor, the woman called the RSPCA, which got the swan into surgery before transferring it to Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.
In February, a pair of badgers needed rescuing after getting trapped on a ladder that leads down into Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Cwmbran, Wales.
RSPCA animal rescuers Sian Burton and David Milborrow worked with fire crews to abseil down the canal wall and grab the badgers, with nets below as precautions in case they fell.
“Without doubt, this was the most bizarre and unusual day of my 15 years spent on the frontline for animals,” said Ms Burton.
A badger in Guildford, Surrey, had to be freed using special power tools after getting stuck in a two-foot compost bin while scavenging for food in November.