Litter warning after duck caught with bottle fastener in beak


The RSPCA is asking people to be careful when disposing of litter after a duck had to be rescued in Hatfield on Monday (2 February).


The mallard was spotted in the grounds of the Mill Green Museum and Mill by concerned members of staff.


He had a plastic bottle fastener around the top of his beak and head.IMG_2245.JPG


RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Kate Wright was called and offered the duck some food which he was unable to eat, but managed to catch him.  She removed the plastic fastener and checked his mouth and luckily the duck managed to feed straight away.


ACO Wright said:  “It was lucky that I managed to catch the duck as often they fly away so it can be quite difficult to remove litter from them.  He was healthy and his mouth was undamaged and we’re really grateful to the staff member who spotted him so that he wasn’t struggling for too long with the fastener on his beak.


“This shows just how important it is to dispose of litter properly.  These sort of fasteners can often cause problems for wildlife and we urge people to cut them up before putting them into a bin.”


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