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Exhausted gull found with hook in beak and caught in fishing wire

The gull was unable to fly. Credit: RSPCA

A young black backed gull has been rescued after being found caught up in fishing line and with a hook through its beak.

RSPCA Cymru said the seabird was exhausted when found and it showed the dangers fishing litter pose to wildlife.

The gull was found on the shore of Conwy town on Sunday 20th November and was unable to fly.

The seabird is now recovering. Credit: RSPCA

The charity said the bird was now recovering.

RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh, who rescued the gull, said: "Fortunately, we were able to get to this young, exhausted gull in time - freeing it from this dangerous fishing litter. The bird’s recovery process is now on-going in RSPCA care, and we hope it can soon be released back to the wild.

"However, many wildlife are not so lucky - with fishing litter a prominent cause of injury or death among birds."