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Public warned over litter after duck dies with plastic ring around its head

Credit: RSPCA

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 plastic ring looked like it could have been the safety ring from the top of an oil can, it was completely around the duck’s head and stuck in his beak. It must have been extremely painful.

It’s really shocking and sad to see wildlife suffer in this way, when it could have been easily preventable. This is why we always ask people to please dispose of their waste responsibly.

– Simon Evans, RSPCA Inspector

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.