Footage from the remarkable rescue, reportedly filmed in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, shows the hapless pair of birds swimming in circles, evidently unable to extricate themselves from one another on their own. As two passersby approach, the swans shift direction, awkwardly paddling toward them on the riverbank.
Alexander Nord, who uploaded the video to YouTube on Wednesday, told 9news.com.au that the tangled pair seemed to recognize that they would be assisted, and they were right. One of the men is seen carefully shifting the birds' slender necks and delicate wings which had inexplicably become intertwined.
"Sometimes I marvel at the minds of animals," said Nord.