Cygnet dies after being caught in fishing line

Cygnet dies after being caught in fishing line

Hook and line in a gloved hand

Cygnet drowned after getting tangled in discarded fishing line (RSPCA)

A cygnet died after becoming entangled in an abandoned fishing line, causing it to drown.

The young swan was found in a lake near Stretham, Cambridgeshire, earlier this month.

RSPCA animal rescue officer David Allen found a hook in the dead bird’s wing with several inches of line attached, which had become entangled in the reeds.

“This shows why it is so important that people dispose of their fishing waste correctly, so that animals like this poor cygnet do not suffer,” he said.

“Carelessly discarded fishing lines, hooks and nets can have terrible consequences for animals, and waterbirds like this lake’s swan are particularly vulnerable.

“The majority of fishermen are responsible and dispose of these items appropriately, but it is frustrating that those who do not do so do not realize the danger they pose.”

The charity urged people to follow the Angling Trust’s Take 5 campaign – to take five minutes at the end of their fishing session to collect all equipment and waste.

There is also a national Anglers line recycling program to help people get rid of waste equipment and line.

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