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- Duck tragically found in lake in Abertillery, South Wales, had to be put to sleep
- Animal rights activists said duck was in ‘serious pain’ and had starved to death
- Around its neck was plastic ring is believed to have come from the top of oil can
A duck was killed by plastic litter – after it was found with a ring stuck around its beak.
The plastic ring was wrapped around the drake’s head and bill stopping the bird from eating.
Animal rights campaigners said the duck was in ‘severe pain’ and starving to death and urged people to ensure plastic was properly recycled or binned.
The duck was found in a lake in Abertillery, South Wales, and taken to vets where he had to be put to sleep
The duck was found in a lake in Abertillery, South Wales, and taken to vets where he had to be put to sleep.
The plastic ring is believed to have come from the top of an oil can.
RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: ‘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.’