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Scottish SPCA rescues swan with fishing wire around wing in Barrhead

swan with fishing wire wrapped around its wing

The Scottish SPCA rescued a swan with fishing wire wrapped around its wing at the Darnley Dams in Barrhead.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity had received a number of calls about the swan but had been unable to catch it until 21 May. This is the second incident of a swan being affected by litter in the Renfrewshire area in a fortnight.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Rebecca Carr said, “Concerned members of the public had contacted our helpline to report the bird with the wire caught around its wing.

“We had attended the pond but hadn’t been able to contain the bird to provide assistance.

“Thankfully, I managed to catch the swan and cut the wire.

“I checked the bird over and there were no other injuries so I released it back on to the pond.

“On 12 May, my colleague Jan Toraman rescued a swan with a bottle top ring trapped around its beak and tongue which was affecting the bird’s ability to eat. This bird could have died without our help.

“All litter has the potential to be dangerous or lethal to wildlife. These incidents are easily avoidable if people take their rubbish away and dispose of it responsibly.”

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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