A sparrowhawk has been rescued after flying into a family home in Aberdeenshire and settling on top of a Christmas tree.
Police were called to a house in Ellon on Tuesday afternoon after the bird of prey was spotted perched amongst the Christmas decorations.
Officers called for backup from the local North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre (New Arc).
The force said it was “definitely a change from a partridge on a pear tree”.
In a social media post, Police Scotland said: “This lovely lady allowed herself into a house in Ellon this afternoon through an open door and had to be rescued from the top of the Christmas tree.
“Huge thanks to The New Arc in Ellon for assistance in catching and releasing this sparrow hawk.”
The charity said: “The New Arc assisted the police this afternoon when they apprehended an intruder suspected of stealing Xmas fairies.
“After a full body search she was released without charge.”
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