Secret World Wildlife and Rescue issue warning about dangers of litter

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2017

The heron did not survive after it got caught in some netting.

The heron did not survive after it got caught in some netting.

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Secret World Wildlife and Rescue has issued a warning to the public about the dangers of littering and how it can affect Somerset's diverse wildlife.

The centre, which is in East Huntspill, rescues injured and orphaned animals across the county before later releasing them back into the wild.

However, it is now hoping people will become more mindful about how they get rid of their waste, after a heron died after it was found with its beak trapped in netting.

Laura Benfield, head of animal care services at Secret World, said: “When we received the heron, it was very weak and thin. We took care of him but sadly he passed away the next day.

“This is a tragic story which could have been prevented if people were more careful when throwing away their litter, particularly in areas where wildlife run the risk of getting caught up in it.”

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