The Scottish SPCA, the animal organization, was called to a park in Paisley after they were called by a concerned citizen. A bright orange ring was trapped around the bird’s tongue and lower beak, meaning it could not eat. The Scottish SPCA quickly removed the ring and saved the animal from further harm.
Scottish SPCA senior animal rescue officer Jan Toraman told the Daily Record, “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.”
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Toraman hopes the incident stands as a warning to people throwing plastic on the ground. “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,” she said.
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