Popular Holyrood Park swan Sally feared dead

A POPULAR swan often seen with her mate in Holyrood Park has 'most likely' been eaten by a fox, rangers said.

Tuesday, 9th August 2016, 7:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th August 2016, 8:48 pm
Sid and Sally on Dunsapie Loch.
Sid and Sally on Dunsapie Loch.

Sally, who has been living with her mate Sid for at least 16 years on Dunsapie Loch, vanished more than a week ago.

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Experts have predicted Sid will continue living at the loch, as it is his territory, and will try to attract a new female.

A spokesman for Historic Environment Scotland said: “Our Holyrood Park rangers have received a small number of inquiries regarding the pen, or female swan, of a bonded pair of swans on Dunsapie Loch. Unfortunately, we suspect the pen was killed by wildlife, this was most likely to have been a fox attack.” Sid was badly injured in a dog attack in 2009. At the time, it had been feared that Sally would find a new mate but she was reunited with her partner weeks later after waiting for him.