Fishing litter has once again entangled a duck at Hendre Lake in Cardiff.

A male mallard duck had become caught in a fishing line on the island off the St Mellons lake – with the RSPCA being notified on 23 October.

Duck tangled Cardiff - pic1It follows a similar incident back in June where fishing wire was caught tightly around a duck’s leg in the same lake. Sadly this duck was put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

This time luckily the mallard duck was freed.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “The duck was around 40 foot away and was stuck to a branch over the water. He was swimming but unable to get away. He would have been extremely distressed and frightened.

“Due to its difficult location, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service were able to attend to provide assistance with their raft.

“When they became near, the duck actually managed to break free so unfortunately we weren’t able to confine him to check for injuries but hopefully now he’s free he’ll be ok.

“We’d very much like to thank Cardiff Central’s White Watch crew that came out. Without them that poor duck would have suffered for a lot longer.”

RSPCA Cymru urges any anglers to remember to dispose of fishing litter properly as it can pose terrible dangers to wildlife. Most anglers are very responsible when disposing of their litter, but it only takes one careless person to endanger the life of an animal. The RSPCA asks all those who enjoy fishing to follow the Angling Trust’s Take 5 campaign and make use of the recycling scheme to dispose of their waste tackle and line.

Inspector Black added: “Hendre Lake is a popular spot – and may see even more visitors during lockdown restrictions – so we’d like to remind people to please be mindful of the wildlife and take any rubbish away with you.”

Top tips for fishing litter include:
● Take unwanted fishing line home and recycle it at local tackle shops or fisheries, or via the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme.
● Be aware of surrounding trees – discarded line caught in foliage causes problems for wildlife.
● Don’t leave bait unattended – always remove from it the hook and put it in a safe place.
● Use a bait box.
● Safely dispose of any litter you see, even if it’s not your own.

For more information about disposing of fishing litter properly please visit the RSPCA’s website here.

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