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Swan rescued with fishing hook in its neck
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Swan rescued with fishing hook in its neck

The Local · 11 Aug 2016, 11:55

Published: 11 Aug 2016 11:55 GMT+02:00

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Worried locals raised the alarm after seeing the clearly injured swan bleeding with the hook in its neck and the line trailing behind it in the water.
They raised the alarm with firemen who went to the ‘Lusthauswasser’ which is a waterway through the Austrian capital Vienna that was part of the original Danube Canal. 
Firemen managed to get the young swan out of the water and took it to a local animal shelter in the town of Voesendorf.
According to the shelter, the young swan immediately underwent emergency surgery as the fishhook was deeply embedded in its neck.
Oliver Bayer from the animal shelter said that the fishing line was still attached to the hook and this had made the problem worse.
"I suspect that the line could have broken loose in the struggle by the swan to escape," he told the ORF. "The young male swan underwent emergency surgery and the hook was taken out of his neck. Luckily, we also quickly managed to stop the bleeding."
The animal was treated with antibiotics and painkillers and the swan is currently held in the Small Animal House at the animal shelter.
Bayer added: "The swan is still going to be treated and observed for a few more days to be on the safe side. The vet is optimistic that the swan will make a full recovery and can soon be released into the wild again."
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The animal shelter said it is especially common for swans to get injured by fishing equipment or waste and asked that people take special care with wildlife.
They also noted that injured wildlife can always be taken in a secure container to the animal shelter in Voesendorf for treatment.
Story courtesy of Central European News.

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