A swan has been rescued after getting a juice bottle lid trapped around its beak on a Scottish pond
A swan was rescued from starvation and death after getting a juice bottle lid trapped around its beak
The stricken bird had a small orange bit of plastic from a bottle top ring stuck around its beak and tongue - meaning it could not eat.
But a sharp-eyed passerby spotted the bit of plastic and alerted the Scottish SPCA, in Barshaw Park in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
The swan had been spotted on a pond in the park on May 5.
Scottish SPCA senior animal rescue officer Jan Toraman said: "If we hadn't been on hand to rescue the swan then it would have died as a result of someone leaving this small piece of litter.
"The swan had a plastic bottle top ring stuck around its lower beak and tongue.
"It was very tight so was affecting the bird's ability to eat.
"We are grateful to the passer-by who contacted us.
"If it hadn't been reported when it was, the swan could have become weak and vulnerable.
"Thankfully, I managed to catch the swan and cut the ring relatively quickly so the swan experienced minimal stress.
"After an examination to make sure there were no other injuries, I released the swan and it happily made its way back to its swan friends.
"This is a stark reminder to everyone to please dispose of their rubbish responsibly.
"No matter how small, it has the potential to be dangerous or lethal to wildlife.
"This incident has a happy ending but sadly not all of them do."
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