hen of prey has been rescued after flying right into a home and perching on high of the Christmas tree.
Officers had been helped by employees from the North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre (New Arc) through the rescue.
Aberdeenshire North Police tweeted: “PCs attended to help with this pretty sparrowhawk who flew in an open door & landed on high of the Xmas tree right here in Ellon.
“Big because of New Arc who assisted in her (…) secure launch.”
The wildlife charity shared an image of the hen perched within the tree, saying: “The New Arc assisted the police this afternoon after they apprehended an intruder suspected of stealing Xmas fairies.
“After a full physique search she was launched with out cost.”
Keith Marley, of New Arc, mentioned it was an uncommon rescue.
He informed the PA information company: “Once we acquired there the sparrowhawk was fairly fortunately perched on high of the Christmas tree. It was pitch black outdoors so it had no intention of leaving a properly lit room to fly off into the darkness.
“We got here with the ambulance which is provided with nets and all of the tools we want and inside a minute or two we’d managed to catch the sparrowhawk and escort it out of the premises with out anyone being damage.
“It makes a change from a partridge in a pear tree.
“It was fairly snug within the room with a pleasant view of the whole lot spherical about it and was good and secure with no purpose to concern itself.
“There have been no lacking fairies or Christmas robins on the tree that I might see so I believe it was left none the more severe for its journey.”
The wildlife consultants checked the younger feminine hen to ensure it was free from harm earlier than releasing it outdoors.