A tawny owl, believed to have been injured by fishing litter, has come into the care of the RSPCA.

The adult owl was found in the area of Moss Valley Park in Wrexham and taken to a nearby vets.

Tawny Owl - Wrexham June18RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “This owl was likely caught by his wing and it seems he may have been trying to pull away causing him to become injured.

“He doesn’t seem to have any serious injuries, so he was lucky he was found and the fishing line which was reported to have injured the owl was removed.”

Inspector Thomas transferred the bird of prey to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, where he is currently receiving treatment.

She said: “The owl is doing ok and has had an x-ray and there are luckily no breaks in his wings. It is hoped that following rehabilitation he will be released back into the wild.

“This is sadly just another example of the dangers of fishing litter, and we urge people to take any litter home with them.”

Tawny Owl x-ray - Wrexham June18Injury and death is caused to wild animals every year by fishing litter. Hooks can embed or pierce skin, or be swallowed, whilst the blood supply can be cut off an animal if it becomes wrapped in a line.

Advice from the RSPCA in relation to fishing litter, including its safe disposal, can be found here.

If you do encounter a wild animal you think needs help, call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999 or visit the charity’s website.

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru complete rescues such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.