trapped in fishing hooks is rescued from Burnham street
greater black-backed gull was rescued this week in Burnham after
it was found with two large fishing hooks trapped in its throat.
The bird was seen behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street with
fishing line wrapped around its body and a large heavy weight
World Wildlife Rescue volunteer Greg Kelloway caught the large
seabird and after a quick assessment it was promptly shipped to
Quantock Veterinary Hospital in Bridgwater for treatment.
Hannah Brown from Quantock Vets said: "The gull had two fishing
lines coming out of its mouth and we could see there were fishing
did x-rays to find out exactly where the hooks were, and then
had to carefully remove the hooks which were embedded in the flesh
of the birds throat."
gull woke up quickly after surgery and did very well. After being
given pain relief and antibiotics the gull went back to Secret
World the same day to recuperate."
The gull has been recovering well in the hospital room at Secret
World in East Huntspill, and the animal carers hope to release
the bird back to the wild soon.
Benfield, head of Animal Care at Secret World, said: "We
urge people to take great care not to discard fishing tackle as
it can cause painful and life-threatening injuries like these."
quick response of the finder in calling us, and the skilled treatment
by Quantock Vets, have thankfully given this impressive bird (which
is still only a young greater black backed gull!) a second chance.
Other birds are not so lucky, so please take care."