RSPCA Cymru is issuing a warning of the dangers of litter after a duck was found with a plastic ring stuck around his head and beak.
The hybrid duck, who was spotted at a lake in Abertillery, in south Wales, was so severely injured he was put to sleep.
The animal welfare charity received a call on 6 February by a concerned member of the public who had seen the duck with a plastic ring trapped in his bill and around the back of his head.
This poor duck would have sadly starved to death and would have experienced painful suffering for a long period of time if we hadn’t intervened.
The RSPCA said it receives thousands of calls each year due to litter with wildlife being the main victims - especially wild birds.
The charity is urging people to dispose of rubbish responsibly including fishing litter, such as hooks, weights and lines to avoid further harm to wildlife.