A swan had an unwanted trip to soft play – after getting a discarded foam play square stuck around her neck on Wednesday (July 1).

RSPCA Cymru raced to the aid of the swan, after her plight was spotted by a member of the public at a lake near Rhydwen Close in Rhyl.

Fortunately, the swan was uninjured and the foam could be safely removed and the bird immediately returned to the wild.

However, the swan was in “urgent need … Continue reading…

A Llanelli gosling has been rescued and rehabilitated after cotton-type string became caught around his legs, causing injury.

RSPCA Cymru officers were alerted after the troubled gosling was seen with what was initially thought to be fishing line around his legs, at Sandy Water Park.

However, it was found to be cotton-type material which was wound around both of the bird’s legs.

The cotton was wound so tightly around the right leg that the gosling’s foot was badly swollen, and … Continue reading…

The dangers discarded litter poses to wildlife has again come under the spotlight, following the sad death of a gull in the Newport area.

RSPCA Cymru was contacted after the bird was found by a member of the public at Stow Hill in Newport on 27 September, with a severe leg injury caused by rope.

An RSPCA officer attended to find the twine-like rope tightly gripped around the gull’s legs. Sadly, there was little option but to put the gull … Continue reading…

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.

The litter … Continue reading…

The number of animals affected by plastic litter in England and Wales is at an all-time high, with incidents increasing by 22% in just four years, according to new RSPCA data.

In Wales, plastic-related incidents reported to the RSPCA have increased almost 29% when comparing 2015 with 2018 – rising from 21 calls, to 27 incidents – despite the overall number of calls about litter falling significantly.

Similarly, across England and Wales, the animal welfare charity has recorded a rise … Continue reading…