Discarded litter was driving Nelson duck quackers

This Is Lancashire: Free at last, the duck’s torment is over Free at last, the duck’s torment is over

A DUCK had to be rescued after getting tangled up in a plastic wrapper left by litter louts.

The RSPCA found the duck on Walverden Reservoir, in Brunswick Street, Nelson, with a piece of plastic that holds a pack of beer together stuck to its beak.

Rescuers spent several days trying to catch the duck before they were able to free it.

Inspector Natalie Taylor said: “We were trying to use a net to catch the duck but it was very wary around us and it would often move away when we were close.

“We were going back every day to see what the situation was and at one point we were looking at getting a boat to get out on the water.

“But one day I went down with a colleague and he was able to distract it and we managed to catch it and remove the plastic. “The duck wasn’t hurt. We could put it straight back in the water. Luckily it was still able to eat while the plastic was stuck, but the consequences could have been much worse.”

Inspector Taylor said people didn’t realise the danger they were putting animals in by leaving rubbish lying about.

“This area is very popular with people having a picnic but we need people to be aware of the rubbish they are leaving behind and to take with them.

“Food wrappers and drinks cans are often just left and it can cause lots of problems for the wildlife. It is a regular problem that we come across.”

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3:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mothernature says...

Disgusting litter louts. Never a thought for anything bar themselves. So many animals that are caught up in plastic or cans suffer lingering deaths and serious injuries and all because part of the human species is too lazy or selfish to take their rubbish home with them. Punishment should consist of fines, litter picking via community service and a visit to a animal welfare group to witness first hand, animals that have had legs amputated, throats embedded with plastic and a multitude of other injuries caused by their disgusting, lazy attitude.
Disgusting litter louts. Never a thought for anything bar themselves. So many animals that are caught up in plastic or cans suffer lingering deaths and serious injuries and all because part of the human species is too lazy or selfish to take their rubbish home with them. Punishment should consist of fines, litter picking via community service and a visit to a animal welfare group to witness first hand, animals that have had legs amputated, throats embedded with plastic and a multitude of other injuries caused by their disgusting, lazy attitude. Mothernature
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3:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

there's enough rubbish blowing round Nelson an Elephant would get tangled up..
there's enough rubbish blowing round Nelson an Elephant would get tangled up.. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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