White swan turned black after 'printer toner' dumped in pond

THIS distressed white swan was turned black by what is thought to be printer toner dumped in a pond.

He was rescued from the water covered in the powdery substance and taken to the RSPCA.

Staff say it will take “quite a lot of Fairy Liquid to get it clean”.

RSPCA inspector Steph Daly said: “I was horrified because it looked like a black swan.

"We assumed it was oil but it’s more powdery like photocopier ink toner.”

The charity wants to find his mate which flew away from the pond in Westbury, Wilts.

RSPCA Inspector Miranda Albinson added: “If a substance like this is not removed it reduces the natural waterproofing in their plumage, leaving them at risk of dying from hypothermia.

"It is vital that they are treated as soon as possible."

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