Fishermen warned after swan horrifically injured


Jonny Drury

THE RSCPA has sounded a warning about the danger posed to wildlife following discarded fish litter.

The warning comes after a swan was badly wounded following a recent incident in Llanymynech.

A female swan was found at the Shropshire Union Canal near North Road, Llanymynech with a fishing lure stuck in her bottom eyelid and with fishing line coming out of her mouth.

RSPCA inspector Christopher Dunbar rescued the swan on Saturday August 16 after several attemps to reach the injured bird.

The swan has now been transported to a local wildlife hospital for treatment.

Inspector Dunbar is hoping the swan can soon be re-united with her mate.

She said: “Another inspector had tried to catch the swan on Thursday and Friday but could not get her off the canal.  

“I got lucky on Saturday and managed to get her.

“The poor swan had a fishing lure lodged in her bottom eyelid and had fishing line coming out of her mouth as well.

“Hopefully it will not be too long before we can reunite her with her mate.”

Every year fishing litter such as hooks, weights and lines cause injury and death to thousands of wild animals.

Swans are one of the more common wild bird species in our wildlife centres, large numbers as a result of fishing litter.

Line can wrap around necks causing deep wounds in flesh and cutting off the blood supply, hooks can pierce beaks or become embedded in skin and weights can be swallowed causing internal injuries and blockages.

The RSPCA has told people to take home their unwanted fishing line and cut it up before discarding it. Also they have warned people to be careful getting lines caught up in trees, and no to leave bait unattended, as well as always using a bait box.

If you spot an animal in distress because of these reasons you can call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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