When string or fishing line becomes tightly tangled around a bird's leg, eventually the leg will become necrotic and fall off. Usually the bird will die of infection or be unable to forage efficiently and starve, but sometimes they can heal and manage to survive with one leg, like the gull on the left in the photo.
A member of the public took this gull to Arg Beiyn Veterinary Practice, who x-rayed him and found that he had a fishing hook in his throat. They managed to removed it, but there was a lot of bleeding and soft-tissue damage and afterwards the gull refused to eat. They prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for him and asked us if we could take him and tube-feed him until he was ready to eat. We did and he made a full recovery, and we released him a week later.