‘Impressive’ bird rescued by Secret World

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 February 2016

The gull underwent surgery to remove two fishing hooks from its throat.

The gull underwent surgery to remove two fishing hooks from its throat.


A seagull has been saved by a Somerset animal rescue charity after it was found with two fishing hooks trapped in its throat.

The greater black-backed gull is recovering from its injuries at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, in East Huntspill, after it was discovered behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street last week.

It underwent surgery to remove the hooks before being transferred to Secret World to begin a rehabilitation programme.

The charity’s head of animal care Laura Benfield said: “The quick response of the finder in calling us – and the skilled treatment by Quantock Vets – have thankfully given this impressive bird a second chance.”

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