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‘Hooked’ bird saved from death

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 7:00

A CHARITY has urged the fishing community to take their rubbish home after a herring gull was found with a hook through its beak and another lodged in its throat.
The bird, nicknamed Oswald, was rescued by the Wootton Bridge-based Wild Bird Aid charity on Tuesday.
Members of the public spotted the bird on Shanklin seafront and worked with the charity to catch him before he was taken away to be looked after.
The hooks were removed and Oswald was bathed and fed.
Claire Newsome, a trustee of the charity, said if Oswald had not of been spotted in distress and cared for, he could have died as he could not feed himself.
"Can we remind the fishing community discarding their lines, weights and hooks can cause terrible injury and often death to our beautiful seabirds and other wildlife," she said.
"Oswald was lucky to have caring humans to look out for him but he could have died a slow and painful death had he not been seen and captured.
"His injury was so easily preventable. Please, fishermen and fisherwomen, take your rubbish home with you."
Oswald was given medication and will stay with the charity for a few days before being set free.
To find out more about the charity or to make a donation, visit www.wild-bird-aid.uk.

Reporter: joannah@iwcpmail.co.uk

 


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