SEABIRDS that became trapped in fishing net have been rescued by the RSPCA.
Eight shags were found stuck in a net near Clynnogfawr, Caernarfon, on Wednesday (17 September).
Three shags were released to the wild, two are to receive treatment to their injuries, but three birds were sadly found dead.
RSPCA animal collection officer William Galvin, who was assisted by RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts, said: “The two shags have been taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre for treatment.
“One had an injury to its beak and the other had an injury to its wing. Hopefully after some treatment in a few weeks they will be released back into the wild.
“Unfortunately in this case when there is a low tide the fishing net gets so close to the beach and if there is fish in there the birds dive into the nets.”
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
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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.