And if you've moved, make sure your details are up to date with your microchipping organisation too!
This young greater black-backed gull came into Quantock Veterinary Hospital last week, brought to us by a Secret World Wildlife Rescue volunteer who after a quick examination realised the bird needed urgent veterinary attention. Two fishing lines were hanging out of the birds mouth with the fishing weights attached to the end of them. Vet Hannah and nurse Claire quickly anesthetist the bird for X-rays to see what was going on.
It became clear that the hooks attached to the end of the fishing lines were embedded into the birds gullet and, with barbs on the end of them, they weren't going to budge easily. They realised that they'd need to be pulled back out! After a long, pain staking procedure both hooks were successfully removed from the birds throat. We're delighted to say that the bird has gone back to Secret World to be looked after and will be released back into the wild when fit and strong.
You could certainly say this gull bit off a little more than it could chew! Without quick assessment of the bird's condition, alongside the veterinary care received at Quantock and the supportive care provided by Secret World following the procedure, this could have been a very different outcome for this beautiful bird.
Please discard your fishing tackle properly! Carelessness can cause painful and life-threatening injuries to wildlife.
If you have any questions about how best to care for, or have any concerns about your exotic pets, please don't hesitate to ask us.
Quantock Veterinary Hospital is a friendly veterinary practice and centre of clinical excellence in Bridgwater, Somerset. It offers outstanding standards of small animal care and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons highest standard 'Veterinary Hospital' accredited diagnostic and treatment facilities.
An experienced and caring team provides a comprehensive range of preventative health, medical care, surgical and emergency services providing 24 hour care for all small and 'exotic' animals.
Established since 1985, directors Dominic Phillips and Colin Cheetham run the hospital and its branch practice in neighbouring Nether Stowey, with a carefully chosen and well trained staff.