Cygnet is saved by operation at the Stubbington Ark

A cygnet at Stubbington Ark which has had an operation to remove fishing tackle from the swan ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151040-2)
A cygnet at Stubbington Ark which has had an operation to remove fishing tackle from the swan ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151040-2)
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A CYGNET that became entangled in a fishing line has been rescued by the RSPCA.

The bird was found near Cobden Bridge, in Bitterne, Southampton, earlier this month and was taken to the RSPCA-run animal shelter the Stubbington Ark, near Fareham.

Vets at the shelter conducted an emergency operation to save the bird.

Laura Relf, animal care assistant at the Ark, said: ‘It had a fishing hook attached to it and the line was wrapped around its wing.

‘The rest of the fishing line was rolled in a ball and was caught down its throat, so it had to have surgery to remove it.’

The bird has since been transferred to the West Hatch Animal Centre, in Taunton.