Firefighters save swan tangled in telephone cables

The swan was caught in the wires. Picture: Scottish SPCA

The swan was caught in the wires. Picture: Scottish SPCA

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Firefighters have rescued a swan which became tangled in telephone cables up a pole.

The bird became stuck up the telegraph pole in Hamilton Drive, Edinburgh, at around 10pm last night.

Firefighters help the swan. Picture: Scottish SPCA

Firefighters help the swan. Picture: Scottish SPCA

A fire crew went to the scene after a warden from the Scottish SPCA called to ask for help in rescuing the swan.

The firefighters used a short extension ladder and bird netting to bring the injured swan down to safety.

The rescue operation, involving five firefighters, took around 35 minutes.

The bird, which has a suspected broken wing, is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

The swan was saved. Picture: Scottish SPCA

The swan was saved. Picture: Scottish SPCA

Animal rescue officer Steph Grant said: “The swan had become caught intelephone wires above an Edinburgh garden.

“It was around 15ft up and in a great deal of distress as one of the wires had wrapped around its wing.

“As it was wet last night the swan may have been confused and thought it was near a pond.

“I called the fire and rescue service for assistance and would like to thank them for all their help.

“They were fantastic throughout the rescue and were able to reach the swan using a ladder and bring it down to safety.

“The swan is now in the care of a local vets where x-rays will be carried out.”

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