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Swan rescued after being trapped in tree in East Lothian

Swan Image copyright Scottish SPCA

Firefighters in East Lothian have received an unusual call out to rescue a swan stuck up a tree.

The swan was spotted by a member of the public tangled in branches in a tree in Haddington on Wednesday.

The Scottish SPCA said the bird was not badly injured and believe it may have been blown off course by strong winds while looking for a place to land.

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

Fiona Thorburn, of the Scottish SPCA, 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 I examined him. Thankfully, he had no obvious injuries other than being quite weak.

Image copyright Scottish SPCA

"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 is the second time this week firefighters have helped us to save a swan after another one became trapped on Monday. Luckily both swans are recovering well from their ordeals."

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