Swan cleared a fishing hook stuck in her neck at Eccleston Mere !
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A discarded fishing hook was fixed to the neck of a swan at Eccleston Mere, to RSPCA confirmation.
The female bird also became entangled in about four feet (1.2 m) of fishing line, which had to be severed from her body.
Almost 40 percent (2,882) of all litter-related calls to the charity in 2021 involved animals caught in the litter by hunting.
RSPCA Inspector Leanne Cooper was called to the lake on Sunday (15 January) after the animal welfare charity was contacted by the couple concerned whose garden backs onto the lake and is visited daily by the Pelican family.
The officer managed to catch her and carefully cut the fishing line. Although the hook pierced the swan’s neck, fortunately it did not seriously injure her.
After consulting the team at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital in Cheshire, and giving the swan a thorough check-up, Leanne was able to release it back into the water to join its waiting family.
She said: ‘Although the hook got caught in her neck and needed careful removal, it didn’t cause serious injury, so she was very fortunate. We deal with an alarming amount of incidents every year where animals are terribly affected by litter and it’s the one we know about where That many accidents will never be seen or reported.
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“Carelessly discarded fishing lines, hooks and nets can have huge losses to animals, and waterfowl such as pelicans in this lake are particularly vulnerable. The majority of anglers dispose of these items properly, but it is frustrating that those who do not They may not realize the danger they pose.”
The RSPCA strongly urges those who enjoy fishing to take extra care to ensure nothing is left behind. It only takes one piece of zigzag to get stuck in a tree or dropped near water to endanger an animal’s life.
The charity encourages everyone who enjoys fishing to follow the Angling Trust Take 5 campaign and take advantage of recycling schemes to dispose of and treat their waste safely and responsibly.
If members of the public see litter thrown away, the RSPCA encourages them to pick it up safely and put it in the bin, remembering to wash their hands afterwards. Their actions can save an animal’s life.
The RSPCA has launched a fundraising campaign to continue saving animals like this swan. Please join Winter Rescue and help our officers be there for animals in need.