Swan brings traffic to standstill on Edinburgh dual carriageway

A runaway swan stopped traffic on a busy dual carriageway in the Capital.

Saturday, 20th October 2018, 5:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th October 2018, 5:12 pm
Cars dodge the swan on Wester Hailes Road. Picture: Contributed

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.

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

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

“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.

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

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