Bath police officers were called in to guide a lost swan out of the city center in a scene reminiscent of the movie Hot Fuzz.
The swan was seen wandering down the high street on Sunday, before being escorted back to the River Avon, near Pulteney Bridge.
Three police officers guided the bird back to its habitat, protecting it with a fluorescent police jacket.
The unusual incident has been compared to a scene from the 2007 comedy film Hot Fuzz, during which police officers struggle to catch a runaway swan.
Simon Galloway, 59, said: “I was shopping with my wife and daughter and we noticed a bit of commotion outside the shop.
“That’s when we saw a cygnet being escorted down the street, presumably to the river. There were a lot of shoppers around, everyone was taking out their phones and laughing.”