Snared swan is freed by passer-by after desperate attempts by RSPCA officers

Tangled beak and neck of a cygnet at Hebburn nature reserve behind Mill Lane.
Tangled beak and neck of a cygnet at Hebburn nature reserve behind Mill Lane.

All’s well at swan lake after a kind-hearted passer-by managed to free a cygnet which had become snared in fishing line.

The cygnet was entangled in the line at the pond near Mill Lane, Hebburn – behind the Cockcrow Inn – and reported to the RSPCA by numerous passers-by earlier this week.

Tangled beak and neck of a cygnet at Hebburn nature reserve behind Mill Lane

Tangled beak and neck of a cygnet at Hebburn nature reserve behind Mill Lane

The line appeared to be coming from the bird’s mouth and across its neck and back – although it did not appear to be in distress.

The RSPCA has thanked the member of the public who freed the cygnet, which they say they have been trying to capture for days.

The RSPCA says its officers have made a number of attempts to capture the bird and free it since October 22.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “Our Animal Collection Officer (ACO) has been trying to catch this swan since October 22, but unfortunately it is a wild animal and they are very tricky to catch. Fortunately yesterday when the ACO went to check on the swan, a member of the public had been able to get close enough to it to untangle the fishing wire. We would like to thank the member of the public as we are grateful to everyone who cares for animals.”

The RSPCA is advising people using fishing equipment to be very careful with the litter they leave behind, which may pose a danger to animals.

For more information, visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter/fishing