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‘Heartwarming moment’ as gosling returned to family

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A LLANELLI gosling has been rescued and rehabilitated after cotton-type string became caught around his legs, causing injury.

RSPCA Cymru officers were alerted after the troubled gosling was seen with what was initially thought to be fishing line around his legs, at Sandy Water Park.

However, it was found to be cotton-type material which was wound around both of the bird’s legs.

The cotton was wound so tightly around the right leg that the gosling’s foot was badly swollen, and skin on his leg had cut.

An RSPCA officer transferred the gosling to Gower Bird Hospital on 24 May for rehabilitation and care. A week later, the bird’s leg had recovered and the RSPCA was able to return him to his family at Sandy Water Park.

The heart-warming moment the rehabilitated grey lag gosling was reunited with his family has been caught on camera, following the successful RSPCA rescue and rehabilitation of this poorly young bird.

While it is unclear where the cotton came from, the RSPCA say this incident acts as a reminder as to the dangers everyday objects can pose for animals – and has reiterated the importance of disposing of waste responsibly.

Paula Milton, RSPCA animal welfare officer, said: “I arrived at Sandy Water Park to find this poor gosling in serious distress, with cotton tied around his legs.

“The injuries were particularly bad on the right leg; with the skin cut and the foot badly swollen – so this gosling clearly needed our help.

“Fortunately, I was able to collect the gosling and take him to our friends at Gower Bird Hospital for a week’s rehabilitation.

“He made a full recovery and it was such a heartwarming moment releasing him back to his family – and they quickly all headed off together.

“This incident was a reminder as to how even the smallest discarded items can cause issues for animals.

“While it isn’t clear where this cotton came from, we always remind people to help prevent hazards for Wales’ wildlife by disposing of rubbish responsibly by recycling, reusing or simply putting it in the bin.”

The RSPCA’s inspectorate remains on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis responding to animal welfare emergencies. Should you wish to help keep RSPCA officers on the road during the pandemic, you can support the charity online.

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

RSVP TO JOIN WWW.THEUOCEANPROJECT.COM

The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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