East Winch carers return male swan to family for Father's Day
Here's the touching moment that a male swan was reunited with his family ahead of Father's Day, after being cared for at a West Norfolk animal facility.
Officials say the bird was brought into the RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre last Tuesday after getting his wing tangled in fishing litter.
But the charity has now released images of the moment he returned to his family after his treatment.
Centre manager Alison Charles said: “It was just the perfect release.
"Scarface - as this swan is affectionately known - had been brought into us by an RSPCA inspector, after he became tangled up in a fishing line on Tuesday.
“One of the vets carefully removed the line and we kept him in overnight to ensure he had no lasting injuries as a result of being tangled.
“I took him back to his lake on Thursday evening to release him and it was just so heartwarming to see.
"It's moments like this which epitomise the work the RSPCA does with wildlife and it is a joy to be part of this."
The RSPCA is using the case to urge anglers to ensure they don't leave any materials behind at the water and recycle waste tackle and line wherever possible.
The charity says: "Most anglers are very responsible when disposing of their litter, but it only takes one careless person to endanger the life of an animal."