Somerset

Swan saved after swallowing hooks in Somerset

  • 23 September 2010
  • From the section Somerset

A swan has had two hooks removed from its beak and neck after it swallowed a fishing line in Somerset.

A walker saw the adult male flapping its wings in agony on a tributary of the River Parrett near Westhay on Monday.

Lifeguards from Burnham-On-Sea Area Rescue Boat (Barb) rescued the bird. It was taken to a vet to have the hooks removed.

It is expected to recover and be released into the wild next week.

The incident comes about a month after the crew rescued a cygnet from Bridgwater Canal after it partially swallowed a discarded hook and line.

It was taken to a vet for treatment.

'Think twice'

Graeme Thompson, from Highbridge-based wildlife charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue, helped in the adult male's rescue.

He said: "This was one of the worst-injured birds I have seen for a long time.

"The rescue would not have been possible without the boat crew's help and the bird is now recovering."

He added: "This incident serves as a reminder to anglers to think twice when discarding unused fishing line - it can have terrible consequences for animals."

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