Trapped woodpecker 'swang like pendulum'
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Woodpecker in Wolverhampton caught in fishing line

The RSPCA has released footage of a woodpecker caught in fishing wire to warn of the dangers that discarded lines pose to wildlife.

The bird became trapped in line hanging from a tree next to a canal in Wolverhampton.

The RSPCA officer who rescued the "panicked" animal said it had a barbed hook in a wing and was left "swinging like a pendulum".

The woodpecker was due to be returned to the wild on Tuesday, after being treated at a rescue centre in Shropshire.

  • 20 Jun 2017