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A difficult thing to swallow

24th August 2021 Bushy Park Middlesex
We have had a speight of tackled swans on the lakes in Bushy Park. This is just the latest and this chap needed an operation to repair a torn aesophagus after the hook was swallowed and pulled on. Fortunately the operation was a success and he is expected to make a full recovery. The fishing rules at Bushy Park require the anglers to use barbless hooks which are easier to remove, we have yet to remove a barbless hook from any swan at Bushy Park.

X Ray of the hook