Lucky escape for tufted duck caught on a fishing hook

When an animal arrives at the centre after becoming impaled on a discarded fishing hook, we usually fear serious injury and maybe even worse. Amazingly, this tufted duck had a very lucky escape.

It arrived in reception after attempting to swallow the hook but, luckily, the barb had only pierced the tip of the beak. It had already shaken the hook free by the time our vet saw it, so it was just a quick clean-up and shot of antibiotics before it could return to the wild!

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