Scottish SPCA rescues swan with litter trapped around beak Scottish SPCA rescues swan with litter trapped around beak
The Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) came to the aid of a swan that had litter trapped around its beak in Barshaw Park in Paisley. Scotland’s... Scottish SPCA rescues swan with litter trapped around beak

The Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) came to the aid of a swan that had litter trapped around its beak in Barshaw Park in Paisley.

Scotland’s national animal welfare charity received a call from a concerned member of public who spotted the swan on the pond in the park on Tuesday, 5 May 2020.

SSPCA senior animal rescue officer Jan Toraman said: “The swan had a plastic bottle top ring stuck around its lower beak and tongue.

“It was very tight so was affecting the bird’s ability to eat.

“We are grateful to the passer-by who contacted us. If it hadn’t been reported when it was, the swan could have become weak and vulnerable.

“Thankfully, I managed to catch the swan and cut the ring relatively quickly so that the swan experienced minimal stress.

“After an examination to make sure there were no other injuries, I released the swan and it happily made its way back to its swan friends.

“If we hadn’t been on hand to rescue the swan then it would have died as a result of someone leaving this small piece of litter. This is a stark reminder to everyone to please dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

“No matter how small, it has the potential to be dangerous or lethal to wildlife. This incident has a happy ending but sadly not all of them do.”

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

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