Fears raised over distressed swan
Published at 16:33, Monday, 31 December 2012
ANIMAL lovers have been left sickened by the sight of a female swan with what appears to be a discarded fishing hook lodged in its throat.
The pen was spotted last week with a bulge in its neck and a piece of fishing line dangling from its mouth by visitors to Hodbarrow Nature Reserve, near Millom.
Jacqueline Jewula, of Egremont Street, Millom, was one of several people to have contacted the RSPCA last week when she first saw the swan.
The 50-year-old, who said she has a soft spot for all animals, said it was distressing to see the bird – the mother of cygnets – in obvious pain.
“It’s upsetting and a lot of people have seen it,” she said. “It’s been suffering and struggling to eat.
“A couple of people said it was eating a little bit easier (on Wednesday), but nobody knows what sort of hook it is.”
An RSPCA spokeswoman said the matter had been “reported to us, assigned to an inspector and given urgent status”.
“The inspector involved has arranged for a local vet with a boat to go out and see if they can catch the swan,” the spokeswoman said on Friday.
“It would be difficult for her to catch the swan without a boat and the inspectors who have it are off duty and (yesterday) had been the first time she has managed to get hold of the vet because of the holiday.”
Award-winning Haverigg-based wildlife photographer Christine Redgate said it was the second time in the last year such an incident had happened.
She urged local fishermen to be careful with how they disposed of their hooks and lines to stop it from happening again.
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
- Funniest Twitter responses to best ever Apprentice episode
- Roman fertility god banned by Facebook
- £450,000 boost to Rosehill theatre redevelopment
- Firm uses Skype to help client in Ebola zone
- Will Lloyds Bank branches in Cumbria be saved from the axe?
- Firms urged to aim higher at Growth Twenty14
- Over 2000 new businesses set up in Cumbria this year
- MPs press rail minister to invest in Furness line
- 20,000 will use Carlisle airport to get to USA
- Cumbria business discovers amazing Roman treasure
- Cranston’s: we won’t leave to grow
- Hotel wins top Facebook award
- Cumbria businessman lauded nationally as visionary
- Keep ownership until cash is in the bank
- Never underestimate the importance of lists
- Eight global markets already lined up for Lakes Gin
- Lakeland kitchenware predicting rapid growth
- Nuclear skills time bomb can be halted
- Should firms support Labour's minimum wage plans?
- Carlisle Living Awards: winners revealed
- Cumbrian village digs its own broadband network
- Story Homes submits plan for 190 houses in north Carlisle (46 comments)
- Record occupancy for Cumbria hotel
- Cumbria jobcentre changes
- Cumbria nuclear expert’s joy at young people’s success
- Best development award for Carlisle's Story Homes
- Sisters’ Barrow stall has quality clothes range all sewn up
- Workington Jobcentre first in Cumbria to go digital
- Booths supermarkets bashing bigger rivals with profits boost
- High-tech firm unveils new manufacturing facility
BBC News business headlines
- Bereaved young need protection
- Pals enjoy fringe benefits of opening up Ulverston business
- Look ahead - The Inspira column
- Summer activities help young people to develop skills
- New Cumbria £1.9m centre aims to unlock science’s potential
- Youngsters brush up on big career decisions
- Tenacity helped Gemma get dream role inspiring young
- Chef set to share his recipe for career success
- Subsea company’s growth makes big waves in industry
- ‘Perfect storm’ looming over skills training
- Dalton widow who devotes time to hedgehogs up for Love Barrow prize
- Crash closes busy north Cumbrian main road
- Death crash driver jailed by Carlisle court
- Barrow shops sold out of pumpkins
- Carlisle GP backs calls to legalise hard drugs (1 comment)
- Pop star Emeli Sande backs save hospital campaign
- Sky’s the limit for Carlisle Youth Zone youngsters
- Barrow dad headbutted partner while she held their child
- Keswick to Barrow fundraising triumphs blazed a trail
- RSPB wants help to stop birds of prey being killed in Cumbria