Marlin's story: Tangled in fishing wire

Animals Animal Welfare Pet Care Rescue Cats Wildlife Posted Apr 8, 2024
This feline was lucky to survive surgical procedures after a twist with rubbish.

Last year our Rescue Team attended 2,092 jobs involving animals with entanglements or were trapped in different places.

Despite the emphasis being placed on wildlife affected by the rubbish we discard; domestic animals are not immune from the consequences of our bad habits.

Take Marlin the cat’s story for example. Earlier this year our Rescue Officers received a job for an emaciated, stray cat which had a fishhook in his mouth.

Marlin disappeared when our Rescue Team attempted to approach, but eventually third time as a charm and Marlin was brought into care via a cat trap.

Rescue Officer Amy said once he came into care it was clear that this poor cat didn't just have a fishhook caught in his mouth, but that the fishing line attached had travelled all the way through his body and was hanging out of his backside.

"Marlin went straight into surgery and the fishhook and line was removed. After pulling through from his ordeal he was cleared to go into foster care," says Amy.

Marlin recovered from wire entanglement

Several other animal rescue call outs have come to RSPCA attention since the start of the year due to entanglement. But sadly, once rescued, these poor animals didn’t survive their injuries:  a Peewee from Greenslopes suffering severe entanglement, a Brush turkey also severely impacted by fishing line, and a Cormorant wrapped in fishing line around its neck and foot.

Recently, our Rescue Team also saved a crow from a certain painful death - its leg wrapped in fishing line, dangling from the very top of a pine tree.

Crow entangled in fishing line at top of tree

These stories serve as timely reminders of the harm rubbish and discarded fishing gear in our waterways can do to animals great and small.

What to do if you find an animal entangled in rubbish

Any discarded waste will eventually impact our precious Australian wildlife. We want to see our native animals thriving rather than suffering, so please take your fishing hooks and line with you and dispose of any rubbish correctly that you may come across.

Our Animal Rescue Officers and volunteers do an amazing job daily, bringing hope to countless animals around Queensland. You can help keep them on the road by donating to RSPCA Queensland today, or becoming a volunteer!

If you see injured, sick or entangled birds like this one in need of help contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625). Our 24/7 Hotline can ensure someone will be there to rescue!

Jacobbe McBride
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