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The Scottish SPCA is urging local anglers not to leave litter at Ardeer Quarry, warning they could kill a swan by doing so.
We were called on Saturday (13 August) after a concerned member of the public spotted the cygnet caught with fishing wire.
Animal rescue officer Jade Cumming said, “This area is a popular spot which attracts lots of people including families, dog walkers and anglers.
“Unfortunately this means the local wildlife has to share their habitat with an increasing amount of litter such as discarded fishing hooks and line.
“In this case, the fishing hook was embedded deep into the cygnet’s feet and the wire was all tangled up around it.
“Thankfully the tackle was able to be removed by a vet and we returned the cygnet to its family later in the day.
“This is the second cygnet from this particular family who has had to have a fishing hook removed from it and although the vast majority of anglers are very responsible and take care to clear away their equipment after they've used it, there is a minority of people who fish in the summer months and don't respect the environment and the wildlife that inhabits it.
“We’re urging anyone fishing in this area to show some consideration and clear away every last piece of fishing equipment. This really could save an animal’s life.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.