WATCH: Duck trapped in plastic ring freed

It is so heart-breaking. Please don’t litter and cut elastic bands or milk plastic circles before throwing them into the bin so that they can’t harm wildlife if they escape the trash or recycling, said Glenda.

Glenda Maguire spotted the duck during the past weekend. “I saw him hanging his head desperately trying to remove the plastic circle in his beak and around his neck. He cannot eat and will starve to death if we can’t help him. He flew away with his group shortly after this,” Glenda posted on Facebook.

On Friday morning Glenda posted an update with the good news. “We managed to catch this poor duck early yesterday morning. He walked straight into my cage trap and I pulled the lever to shut the door. We cut the ring off him and he spent the rest of the day bathing, eating, drinking and resting. He was obviously very hungry and dehydrated. He did not fly off with his group until yesterday evening when they returned and then he left with them. I am so relieved to have been able to assist him.”

Glenda made a desperate plea to the public not to litter. “It is so heart-breaking. Please don’t litter and cut elastic bands or milk plastic circles before throwing them into the bin so that they can’t harm wildlife if they escape the trash or recycling,” said Glenda.

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