A swan who turned completely black after getting covered in oil has been released back into the wild after a remarkable transformation.

The swan was picked up by an RSPCA officer from a lake in Prestoles Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, after being spotted by a member of the public.

The bird was taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, where staff joked that an Australian black swan had just been admitted.

Lynsey Cale, wildlife assistant at Stapeley … Continue reading…

The RSPCA rescued ducks, geese and swans from a river in Norfolk following a diesel spill on Tuesday.

The RSPCA was called out to the Little Ouse and Thet rivers in Thetford after someone broke into a commercial property and damaged a diesel container when they were disturbed, causing thousands of litres of fuel to spill out into the rivers.

The spillage affected nearly thirty water birds which were collected by the RSPCA and taken to the charity’s East Winch … Continue reading…

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The rarest of the oiled birds rescued and cared for by us was the first to be released back to the sea on Tuesday 23.

An Arctic skua was rescued from Exmouth beach after he got covered in a gluey substance called polyisobutene or PIB. The substance renders seabirds helpless, restricting their mobility and preventing them from feeding as the chemical coats their plumage.

He was one of more than 200 birds taken to our West Hatch Wildlife CentreContinue reading…