TWO trapped swans were rescued in Ayr at the weekend after an eagle-eyed member of the public spotted them in distress. 

The Scottish SPCA were alerted to the birds on Sunday, June 28 after a man standing on a nearby bridge spotted them wedged against a metal pipe.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity attended to rescue the swans who say the poor birds were wedged in tight enough that they could have died of starvation.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Elaine Lindsay said: “The swans had somehow become trapped between a large metal pipe and the wall.

“They were wedged in quite tightly and it’s unlikely they would have been able to escape on their own.

“Thankfully a passer-by spotted them and called our animal helpline.

Ayr Advertiser:

“We attended and managed to free the swans and they are now recuperating from their ordeal at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

“Being stuck like this would have caused the pair a great deal of distress and if the caller hadn’t alerted us to the swans then they could have perished due to stress or starvation."

The Scottish SPCA animal helpline is open from 7am-9pm every day and can be reached on 03000 999 999.