A local man was rescued from a ledge eight feet beneath the Sincil Dike footpath in Lincoln after jumping the railing to rescue a hedgehog.
A team of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue officers were called to the scene off Tentercroft Street at 11.44am on June 6.
After spotting the marooned hedgehog trapped on a ledge by the waterside, the man climbed down to help, finding himself equally trapped.
One fire engine attended the scene, and the man and hedgehog were both rescued to safety.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are reminding people not to put themselves in danger to rescue an animal.
Station Manager Dave Gilbert said: “On this occasion things turned out ok, but we would never advise the public to attempt to rescue an animal if it means putting themselves at risk.
“If you see an animal in distress, please ring the RSPCA and if needed they will contact us, and we’ll do our best to assist where we can.”