Swan brings traffic to standstill on Edinburgh dual carriageway

Cars dodge the swan on Wester Hailes Road. Picture: Contributed
Cars dodge the swan on Wester Hailes Road. Picture: Contributed
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A runaway swan stopped traffic on a busy dual carriageway in the Capital.

Motorists were forced to swerve around the bird as it sat on the left hand lane of Wester Hailes Road, at around 9.45am on Saturday.

A member of the public tries to get the swan to safety. Picture: Contributed

A member of the public tries to get the swan to safety. Picture: Contributed

Traffic heading in the direction of the Odeon Luxe cinema was slow moving as drivers tried to avoid the creature.

Katie Owens, 37, from Baberton, pulled in and alerted the police.

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Ms Owens said: “The beautiful bird was just sitting there; I couldn’t pass by.

The runaway swan didn't seem to be bothered by buses and other vehicles on the busy dual carriageway. Picture: Contributed

The runaway swan didn't seem to be bothered by buses and other vehicles on the busy dual carriageway. Picture: Contributed

“I was worried it was injured, but it soon became clear it was not.”

Police Scotland was quick to attend the scene and officers helped passers-by try to encourage the bird towards the neighbouring Union Canal.

Eventually an off-duty SSPCA officer grabbed the swan and released it back in the water.

An off-duty SPCA officer managed to trap and release the swan. Picture: Contributed

An off-duty SPCA officer managed to trap and release the swan. Picture: Contributed