Swan has a discarded fishhook stuck down her throat in Eccleston Mere

A DISPOSED fishhook has been embedded in a swan’s neck on Eccleston Mere, the RSPCA confirms.

The female bird had also become entangled in fishing line about four feet long, which had to be cut from her body.

Almost 40 percent (2,882) of all garbage-related calls to the charity in 2021 involved animals caught in fishing litter.

RSPCA Inspector Leanne Cooper was called to the lake on Sunday (15 January) after the animal rights group was contacted by a concerned couple whose garden is behind the lake and is visited daily by the swan family.

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The officer was able to catch her and carefully cut the fishing line. Fortunately, although the hook had pierced the swan’s neck, it had not caused her any serious injuries.

After consultation with the team at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital in Cheshire and a thorough examination of the swan, Leanne was able to release her back on the water to rejoin her waiting family.

She said: “Although the hook went straight down her throat and had to be carefully removed, it hadn’t caused any serious injury so she was very lucky. We deal with a worrying number of incidents each year where animals are terribly affected by litter, and we know about them because many incidents go unseen or go unreported.

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“Carelessly discarded fishing line, hooks and nets can be devastating to wildlife, and waterfowl like the swan on this lake are particularly at risk. The majority of anglers dispose of these items properly, but it’s frustrating that those who don’t may not realize the danger they pose.”

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The RSPCA urges those who enjoy fishing to take extra care to ensure nothing is left behind. It only takes a piece of string to get tangled in a tree or dropped near the water to endanger an animal’s life.

The charity encourages all anglers to follow the Angling Trust Take 5 campaign and use recycling systems to dispose of their waste tackle safely and responsibly.

When members of the public see discarded rubbish, the RSPCA encourages them to pick it up safely and throw it in the rubbish bin, remembering to wash their hands afterwards. Your actions could save an animal’s life.

The RSPCA has launched a fundraiser to continue saving animals like this swan. Please join our winter rescue team and help our officers be there for animals in need.

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Brian Ashcraft

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