Watch tragic video showing swan forced to pull rubbish out of its nest in Leith Shore
A swan in Leith has been filmed as it cleared its nest of litter thrown into the water by inconsiderate passers-by.
The video, captured by Leith local Susan McColl on Friday, shows the majestic bird plucking large pieces of dirty plastic out of the water by junction between Commercial Street and The Shore.
Ms McColl told the Evening News that she “loves watching the swans” but was horrified by what she saw.
“I was out for a walk after work,” the 51-year-old explained, “and the swans were building a new nest in the same spot as last year.
“Then I happened to notice it was pulling out rubbish from its nest, so I took the video to send to my boyfriend because it was making me so sad.
Ms McColl thinks increased foot traffic in The Shore could be part of the problem.
She said: “The Shore is getting busier and busier with people sitting eating and drinking,” and urged the public to be more respectful of local wildlife habitats.
Scottish SPCA chief superintendent, Mike Flynn, told the Evening News: “We were saddened to see the video of the swan in Leith trying to clear its nest of rubbish.
“We would like to remind the public to please dispose of all litter responsibly as this can have a detrimental effect on wildlife.
“Birds can get caught up in discarded items which can cause damage or restrict their ability to eat. Animals can also ingest rubbish which can be fatal.
He added: “If anyone does find an animal in distress they should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”