wildlife carers issue warning over discarded plastics
wildlife carers have rescued three animals with life threatening
injuries sustained by plastic materials, prompting a warning to
a hedgehog and a heron have been helped by Secret World over the
East Huntspill charity is therefore calling on the public to use
outdoor plastic materials in a 'responsible and animal-friendly
were called to a garden in Spaxton to rescue a heron trapped in
pond netting. The plastic netting was used by the property owners
to protect the fish in their pond. Thankfully, the charitys
team were able to untangle the distressed bird and release it back
into the wild.
Kidner, Secret World Wildlife Rescues founder, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Thanks to our animal care team, all of the animals weve
rescued with plastic-related injuries recently have survived. However,
these kinds of rescues are far too common, and a lot of the cases
we deal with are preventable."
intervention by us, the animals wouldnt survive. I understand
that some forms of plastic are required for garden and house use,
but we would like to encourage everyone to think about the impact
it might have on animals nearby."
particularly like to encourage people to pick up any plastic waste
material, such as plastic carrier bags, wrappers or decarded fishing
line, in public areas and dispose of it in a bin."
added that certain types of plastic materials pose a greater danger
to different animals. Plastic wiring and netting are particularly
hazardous to birds.
are quite erratic, so they easily can become trapped by the smallest
amount of netting. As they try to escape, they become more entangled.
At that point, without professional attention, theyll suffer
a long and slow death, most likely by a lack of blood circulation
or by suffocation."
ago the charity received another emergency call about a badger caught
in some plastic netting. The young badger became trapped in a football
net overnight near Milton.
the charitys response team arrived they could hear the animal
screaming in pain. They took it back to their animal centre where
the badger was freed from the netting. After a few days of rest
and food, it was released back into the wild.
year, the charity rescued over 5,000 injured, sick and orphaned
animals. To speak to Secret World in an emergency, call 01278 783250.