A young swan is under the care of an animal rescue sanctuary after its mother was killed in a road accident in Ellon at the weekend.
The cygnet is recovering at the New Arc North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre at Auchnagatt.
Its mother was hit by a vehicle, described as a grey 4x4, on Ellon’s South Road around 1.30pm on Saturday.
Police, who are appealing for information, say the driver may be unaware of striking the bird.
The accident caused a backlog of traffic at the bridge as police managed to keep the distressed young swan under control, before rescuers arrived.
The cygnet - named Bridget - was trying to reach its mother at the other end of the bridge.
The New Arc’s Keith Marley said: “It was a simple job to net the swan and transfer it back to our van.
“She is now at the centre where she will stay for a few days while she gets over the trauma. Some rest and recuperation is what’s needed.”
He added: “Credit where it’s due and a big thank you to the person who called it in, and the sensible and sensitive approach taken by the police officers who attended.”
The swan, almost fully grown, has started eating and it is hoped she will have recovered enough to be returned to the Ythan Estuary amongst other cygnets in the coming days.
Swans and their young can regularly be seen on the stretch of the river at Ellon.