THE RSPCA is issuing another warning about the dangers of litter after a crow was trapped in a tree due to fishing line.
The bird had become tangled in a tree near a canal at Blaen Y Pant Crescent, Newport, on Sunday (31 August). The bird’s feet were stuck in fishing line and it was first noticed by a member of the public at around 1.20pm.
Firefighters from Malplas Fire Station attended the scene who were able to bring the crow safely down from the tree using specialist equipment.
RSPCA inspector Fiona Jackson said: “The poor bird was dangling upside down in the tree and I imagine would have been in a lot of pain.
“The fire service did a fantastic job in bringing the crow down.
“The bird has been taken to a local vet for treatment, and has been put under close observation. Hopefully the crow will recover well and will be transferred to one of our wildlife centres and eventually released back to the wild.”
“But unfortunately, this is just another example of people being irresponsible with litter.”
Every year fishing litter (hooks, weights, line) causes injury and death to thousands of wild animals.
Line can wrap around necks causing deep wounds in flesh and cutting off the blood supply, hooks can pierce beaks or become embedded in skin, and weights can be swallowed causing internal injuries and blockages.
RSPCA tips to help tackle the problem include:
Taking unwanted fishing line home and cutting it into pieces before putting in the bin.
Being aware of surrounding trees – discarded line caught in foliage can entangle wildlife.
Don’t leave bait unattended – always remove from the hook and put it in a safe place.
Use a bait box – this will reduce the chances of leaving behind an empty bait tin by mistake.
Don’t leave hooks, weights or other paraphernalia behind.
There is a web page dedicated to fishing litter, please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter/fishing
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).