Somerset

Swan rescued after swallowing fishing hook in Burnham-on-Sea

Swan being rescued Image copyright BARB
Image caption Wildlife expert Graeme Thompson was able to safely capture the injured swan

A swan that swallowed a fishing hook has been rescued from a lake in Somerset.

A member of the public saw the injured bird "struggling" at Lakeside Holiday Village in Burnham-on-Sea on Friday.

A wildlife expert was taken by BARB Search and Rescue's inshore boat and was able to "safely retrieve the bird".

The swan is being cared for at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre in East Huntspill.

Secret World said the bird was "recovering well, having had the fishing line and lead weights removed".

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Image caption The swan was seen to be struggling after swallowing a discarded fishing hook and "large quantity" of fishing line
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Image caption The injured bird is being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill

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