Fire service crew uses a 'cygnet-ure' move to rescue trapped swan

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SFRS have attended two swan incidents in a matter of days.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was involved in a dramatic rescue of a swan in East Lothian yesterday (25 February) with the Scottish SPCA.

A crew from Haddington fire station were called just after 10am to assist the swan, who was trapped by its leg up a tree on the banks of the River Tyne.

Working with the SSPCA Warden, and with no time to ‘swan’ about, the crew wearing water safety kit, used a short extension ladder to release the trapped bird.

The swan is now receiving treatment at the Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh.

Animal Rescue Officer Fiona Thorburn said, “The swan was about 16ft up the tree and clearly in distress. It’s possible he had been up there overnight as it wasn’t until early on Wednesday morning he was discovered.

“The firefighters were able to get the bird to safety using a rope pulley system and after examination he had no obvious injuries other than being quite weak.

“It’s likely the swan was looking for somewhere to land and was blown off course due to the severe winds.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to the fire and rescue service who were absolutely brilliant throughout the operation.

“It’s very unlikely the swan would have been able to free himself had we not been able to help him.

“Hopefully we’ll soon be able to release him back into the wild where he belongs.”

This was the second swan rescue for firefighters this week. A crew from Marionville fire station were called to assist a swan trapped 15ft up within telephone cables in an Edinburgh garden on Monday night (23 February) just after 10pm.

The swan was in a great deal of distress, so crews, working with the SSPCA warden, used a short extension ladder and bird netting to safely free the bird.

Thankfully both swans are doing swimmingly after their ordeal.

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.

Images credited to David Morgan