The dangers outdoor netting can pose to wildlife has come under the spotlight – with RSPCA Cymru continuing to deal with incidents across Wales amid coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Wild birds – like gulls and pigeons – are too often victims of unmaintained bird deterrent netting, becoming entangled and trapped. In recent weeks, officers in Wales have raced to help gulls and a jackdaw in precarious situations.

The animal welfare charity has issued a reminder about the importance of correctly installing, … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals; fearing the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis could see more owners in Wales struggling to keep their pets.

The animal welfare charity typically sees abandonment levels peak in the summer months.

In 2019, between June and August, 1,133 animals in Wales were reported as abandoned to the RSPCA – with incidents most common in Rhondda Cynon Taf (101), Bridgend (85), Caerphilly (81) and Neath Port Talbot (81).

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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…

An otter has been returned to the Swansea Valley following a lengthy period of rehabilitation in the care of the RSPCA Stapeley Grange in Nantwich, Cheshire.  

The otter had spent some seven weeks in the care of the animal welfare charity after being found in a worrying state of weakness – she was wobbly on her feet, malnourished, and in urgent need of assistance.

A member of the public had spotted the injured otter on Wednesday 6 May, and contacted … Continue reading…

A duck has sadly become one of wildlife’s latest victims of fishing litter, after wire became trapped tightly around the bird’s leg. 

RSPCA Cymru was alerted to the mallard hybrid duck’s plight after a member of the public spotted the distressed animal at Hendre Lake in Cardiff.

Officers from the animal welfare charity found the duck yesterday (29 June) – whose leg had sadly gone totally limp as a consequence of her injuries. Sadly, it was felt the kindest option … Continue reading…