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Rescuer wrestles reluctant swan to remove plastic ring

By Ben Hooper
A swan resists the help of a rescuer trying to remove a plastic ring from its body. Screenshot: Storyful
A swan resists the help of a rescuer trying to remove a plastic ring from its body. Screenshot: Storyful

March 3 (UPI) -- A professional animal rescuer in Germany shared video from when he rescued a swan from a plastic ring -- despite the swan's resistance.

Stefan Broeckling, who runs an emergency animal rescue service, filmed himself from multiple angles, including a GoPro camera mounted to his body, when he took on the case of a swan in Dusseldorf with a plastic ring around its body.

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The video shows Broeckling lure the swan close to shore with some food, and then pounce on the large bird.

The swan puts up a strong fight as Broeckling wrestles with it and finally removes the plastic ring.

The rescuer releases the swan, which swims far out into the lake with a quickness.

Broeckling said the swan wasn't in any immediate danger from the plastic ring, but that fact "could have changed at any time."

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