A RSPCA Cymru rope rescue team has successfully rescued a raven entangled in baling twine in Powys.
The raven had become entangled in the twine which was stuck on a nest on a 60 metre cliff in a remote area above Staylittle near Llanbrynmair, Powys.
The rope team included inspectors Andy Broadbent, Phil Lewis, Mark Roberts and Vicki Taylor who sprung into action on Wednesday [20 May] to free the bird.
RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said: “The twine was attached to the bird’s leg which restricted movement. The bird’s mate had been coming back and forth feeding it.
“Inspector Broadbent abseiled onto a small ledge to cut free the entangled raven. As soon as he cut the twine the bird flew and went into a pine tree unharmed.”
In this case the raven may have brought the twine back to its nest itself, so it is unknown if the twine was found as a result of littering.
But sadly every year litter causes injury and death to thousands of wild animals.
Litter such as twine or fishing 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, litter like weights can also be swallowed, causing internal injuries and blockages.
RSPCA tips to help tackle the problem include:
Dispose of your rubbish responsibly
Recycle and reuse, otherwise put it in a bin
Clean and empty containers
Pinch cans shut and cut containers in half
Reuse elastic bands when possible or cut them open before putting in a bin
Clean and recycle glass
Tie bags in a knot before recycling
Always cut the loops of plastic can holders before recycling
Taking unwanted fishing line home and cut 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 RSPCA website page dedicated to litter, please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
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