Swan rescued from Lincoln city centre shop roof

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Media captionAn RSPCA worker rescues an adult swan from the rooftop of a building in Lincoln.

A swan had to be carried through a city centre shop and onto the street in a bag after it became trapped on the roof.

The large bird was found in an enclosed area above the shop in Lincoln's High Street where it could not take off.

An RSPCA worked rescued the swan and carried it through Agatha's Boutique before releasing it into the wild.

Staff at music development organisation soundLINCS, who spotted the swan, said the rescue was "astonishing".

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Image caption Staff at soundLINCS praised the RSPCA worker, who held the animal in a "swan bag"

Swans require a long run up to take off and the Lincoln bird did not have space.

Teresa Elliot, from soundLINCS based above the shop, said: "The area's quite concealed. We can see it through our window but you can't see it from a street, for example.

"We were quite surprised because it did seem calm. It was just sitting there, looking around and drinking puddle water."

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Image caption It is not known how the swan came to be stuck in the enclosed roof area

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "Happily we were able to rescue this swan and release it back into the wild just a short distance away.

"We're really grateful to everyone at soundLINCS, Scope and Agatha Boutique who alerted us to its plight and helped us access it so we could get it back to where it belongs."

Carl Jacklin, owner of Agatha's Boutique, told the Lincolnshire Echo he will be donating £50 to the RSPCA following the rescue.

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