SSPCA called in to rescue cygnet tangled in fishing line at Sanquhar pond, Forres
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A BABY bird had another narrow escape at a local beauty spot after becoming entangled in discarded fishing tackle.
The cygnet - one of five swans hatched at Sanquhar pond in the spring and still with their parents at the site - was spotted by a concerned member of the public who reported it to the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
SSPCA animal rescue officer, Debbie Gibson, confirmed the cygnet had fishing line caught in its bill.
She said: "The line was tight on its back and wings so the poor cygnet was barely able to move his head. I enticed the young bird over with food and managed to catch him. Thankfully I was able to remove the fishing line fairly easily, although I had to be quick as his parents were very protective!"
This year's bevy of Sanquhar swans initially numbered six and were rescued by passers-by back in May when they were swept over the waterfall's edge down the Mosset Burn.
A safety boom has been installed at the pond now to prevent any more incidents.
However, the SSPCA are asking people fishing at the pond to take more care and prevent harm to wildlife.
Ms Gibson said: "The cygnet was extremely lucky on this occasion - he suffered no lasting injuries from his ordeal and I released him straight back on to the pond.
"However, had someone not spotted him and contacted us it could have been a very different outcome."
She added: "Although the majority of fishing enthusiasts are responsible and clear away their lines and tackle after use, sadly, there is a minority who do not. We would urge members of the public to consider the welfare of the wildlife in the area and clear up after themselves."
Anyone who finds a sick, injured or distressed wild animal is encouraged to call the SSPCA helpline on 03000 999 999.