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.