The “devastating impact” fishing litter can have on wildlife has once again been brought to light – this time in Swansea.
RSPCA Cymru was contacted after a herring gull was found entangled in three barbs, attached to a hard body lure disguised as a fish.
An RSPCA inspector said the animal was “the single most distressed bird” she has dealt with in nine years on the frontline. The gull was found on King Edwards Road in the city.
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A Swansea-based swan had a lucky escape after being freed from dangerous fishing litter by RSPCA officers.
The animal welfare charity was alerted after the swan was spotted with a fishing hook stuck through his beak in ponds at the Swansea Enterprise Park, known locally as the half-round ponds, near the Wyevale.
A kind-hearted member of the public had spotted the bird’s plight – and the RSPCA removed the fishing line and rig, before releasing the swan back to the … Continue reading…
An owl who was rescued hanging from a tree by fishing litter is on the mend after being treated with steam from a KETTLE.
The tawny owl had gotten tangled in discarded fishing line 10 metres up a in a tree in Green Lane, Walsall, on Thursday 9 November. West Midlands Fire Service attended and requested the assistance of the RSPCA to rescue the stricken bird.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Cat Strawford said: “We don’t know for sure how long … Continue reading…
The RSPCA is urging people to dispose of angling litter properly after a bat suffered a serious injury when he got a fishing hook impaled through his face.
The daubenton’s bat was found with horrific injuries to his face at Branston Golf and Country Club, in Burton-on-Trent, on Wednesday last week (23 August).
A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after finding the bat dangling on fishing line from a tree.
He was collected by an RSPCA officer and … Continue reading…
A cygnet had a lucky escape after getting fishing line tangled around his beak on a lake in St Helens.
The RSPCA was called after the young swan was seen with the fishing litter dangling from his mouth in Grosvener Road, on 22 June.
Fortunately the cygnet was untangled by a team of two RSPCA officers – Steve Wickham and Nick Green. Happily, he was released back to his family after being found to be uninjured.
Steve said: “We managed … Continue reading…