THE RSPCA says officers have so far been unable to locate a duck spotted in Mary Stevens Park with a fishing hook stuck in its beak.

Members of the public have been calling the animal charity over the plight of what's believed to be a young Muscovy duck in the Norton park which was seen swimming in the pool with the fishing litter trailing from its beak.

Stourbridge resident Elaine Haywood took to The Old Quarter Facebook page to highlight the duck's plight which she said she reported to park staff before urging as many people as possible to report the matter to the RSPCA in the hope the charity could send out help.

When contacted by the News, a spokesman for the RSPCA said: "We’re aware of reports of a duck affected by fishing litter. Our officers have attended the site a number of times during the last week to try and find the duck however have been unable to locate him or her yet.

"We will continue to visit and keep an eye out for any birds needing our help, but anyone with new concerns can always contact us on 0300 1234 999.

"Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for our officers to see animals injured by fishing litter so it is vital that people dispose of fishing litter properly as it can pose terrible dangers to wildlife."

Anyone concerned about an injured animal can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.