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Jul 8, 2015

Sea Eagle chick swallows two double-pronged fishing hooks

A Sea Eagle chick was discovered recently tangled in fishing line in its nest in Scotland.   The 6-week-old was rescued by a naturalist and taken to the Scottish SPCA.   Veterinarian Romain Pizzi, at the charity's rescue centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire, saved the bird's life by performing difficult endoscopic surgery to remove two double-pronged hooks (see photo below) from the young bird's belly.   It had been eating a fish that still had hooks in it.   A minority of irresponsible fishermen often leave fish carcasses with line and tackle attached.   The naturalist, Lewis Pate, who discovered the young eagle has urged all anglers to consider the welfare of wildlife and clear away any lines and tackle after use, which otherwise could cost an animal it's life. 

Photos from the Daily Express
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