AN INJURED swan found along a Borders footpath has been put down.

Passers-by came across the injured swan near Tweedbank Park on Thursday morning (January 11).

The bird had a fractured leg after colliding with overhead cables and falling to the ground.

After the police were called, officers of the SSPCA attended to remove the bird and assess its injuries.

Due to the extent of the swan's injuries, the decision was made to have it put to sleep.

Rory Low, an SSPCA animal rescue officer, said:  “We were called out to Tweed Bank Park on Thursday 11 January after receiving reports of an injured swan.

“When we attended we found the swan had a fractured leg and in pain after hitting overhead electrical cables and falling to the ground. 

"Sadly his injuries were too severe and we had to make the difficult decision to put him to sleep on welfare grounds to prevent further suffering

“If anyone is concerned about a swan or any other animal they should contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”