Swan in distress rescued from River Trent at Newark
A swan in distress was rescued from the River Trent at Newark.
A member of the public spotted the bird had fishing line protruding from its mouth yesterday (Thursday).
Newark police, the fire service and RSPCA worked to save the swan which, after close examination, was found to have swallowed the fishing line along with a hook.
Thankfully, this was safely removed and the bird was quickly released back into the river and reunited with its offspring.
Newark officers have said discarded line is a terrible hazard for wildlife, particularly as it can be almost invisible.
They added: "We understand that most anglers are very responsible when disposing of their litter, but it only takes one careless person to endanger the life of an animal.
"We ask all those who enjoy fishing to dispose of their waste tackle and line making sure nothing is left behind."