A moorhen, who got tangled in some fishing line on a lake in Colchester, Essex, has had a lucky escape.


RSPCA animal collection officer  Donna Green took a call about a distressed bird trying to free itself from some fishing line on an island in the middle of a fishing lake on the Greenstead estate.


She said: “There was fishing line caught in a tree and the bird was hanging upside down by its legs.


“It had been reported to us by the fishermen, who had tried to free it but failed.


“The bird was out of reach across icy water so I called Essex Fire and Rescue to help.”


They sent out their Technical Rescue Squad based in Lexden in Colchester who arrived with their boat and quickly managed to free the bird.


Donna said: “I feared the moorhen might have had a broken leg from hanging upside down for so long, but it was checked over at a local wildlife centre and is fine.


“This is another story which highlights the dangers posed to wildlife by carelessly discarded litter – netting, fishing line and hooks are especially dangerous hazards.”


Annually, the RSPCA alone receives over 7,000 phone calls about litter-related incidents and our officers regularly rescue pets, farm and wild animals trapped or hurt by discarded litter.


We would urge people to dispose of any waste responsibly – for example, take unwanted line or netting home and cut it into small pieces before putting it in a bin.


Wrap hooks in newspaper before putting in a bin.


To help us with rescues like this please text HELP to 78866 now to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).