Swans Endangered By Oil Spills

Article

Animal welfare experts are cleaning around 200 swans rescued from an oil slick in a city centre marina.

The RSPCA retrieved the birds from Brayford Pool in Lincoln and transported them to the charity's rescue centre in East Winch, Norfolk, for treatment.

The oil is thought to have welled up from a small boat which sank after heavy rain caused the water level to rise.

RSPCA spokeswoman Lisa Dewhurst said the swans were at risk of poisoning themselves by consuming the oil as they preened their feathers, but was hopeful that most had been caught in time to prevent this.

"We estimated there were around 200 affected by this oil, so it was a case of all hands to the pump," said Miss Dewhurst.

"The danger is that the swans will ingest the oil as they try to clean themselves up. It can also affect their waterproofing and flying ability.

"But swans are large, strong birds, so we're confident they will all recover."

Miss Dewhurst added: "Our understanding is that the oil is from a boat which sank on Monday, but the Environment Agency is looking into this. You would not need a large amount of oil to inflict a lot of damage on birds."

Planet Pets is not responsible for content or opinions of contributing writers.


Barking Dog Driving You Nuts?!?
Learn the easy solution here!

Main Channels
Dogs Cats Birds
Fish Exotic Horses
Donkeys Rabbits Reptiles

Pet Newsletter

To learn how you can receive The Scoop, Planet-Pets FREE monthly email newsletter with the latest Pet News, information and entertainment, click here!

Pet Blog

Find out Today's Inside Scoop from Brandon our resident Blog-meister here at Planet-Pets.
 

Pet Advice

Do you have questions or need more information about your pet?

Click here to post your pet advice question on our advisor's message boards.
 

Pet Insurance

 

Planet-Pets.com,  All Rights Reserved