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By Fiona Reid
Swans injured on lochs

TWO swans are recovering after suffering fishing tackle injuries on lochs in the region.

HURT . . . one of the rescued swans

The first injured bird was rescued from Lochfoot near Dumfries on Saturday and another was found on Tuesday at Castle Loch, Lochmaben.
They were taken to the South of Scotland Wildlife Hospital in Dumfries where they are being nursed back to health.
Following the incidents, the Scottish SPCA is urging anglers to clear up after themselves.
Inspector Janet Proudlock said, “The swan found at Lochfoot had a piece of knotted fishing line wrapped around the bottom of its beak and tongue, meaning it was unable to eat.
“The second swan had fishing line in its beak and a lure attached to its wing by a hook.
“I was able to catch the first swan with assistance from a kind man and I rescued the second by boat with the help of two colleagues.”
She is hopeful both birds will be able to be released back to their lochs soon.
Janet 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.
“General rubbish such as glass, cans and plastic also pose a significant risk to animals so we are appealing to members of the public to consider the welfare of the wildlife in the area and clear up after themselves.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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