Stanley Park swan fights back after being shot

Via the Daily Post:

Stanley Park swan fights back after being shot

IT IS both elegant and beautiful and a joy to the eye but it didn’t stop thugs from trying to hound it to death.

Animal rescuers recovered the swan after it was found in Liverpool’s Stanley Park lake with a crossbow bolt through its back.

But, as they fought to save its life, they were astonished to find that it was only the latest in a string of cruel injuries it had suffered.

Their X-rays revealed old pellets lodged beneath its skin from earlier attacks with an airgun and a shotgun.

Records also showed that the swan had been previously admitted to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and Cattery in Cheshire after swallowing a fish hook.

Last night, as the swan headed towards an amazing full recovery, the charity said that its ordeals were an indication of “the rising tide of violence against wild life”.

Dr Andrew Kelly, the charity’s director at Stapeley Grange, said: “It would seem plenty of people see wildlife as an easy target.

“We see about 250 swans a year that have been shot, and from our experience, I would say it is getting worse and there seems to be very little we can do about it but put them back in the wild and hope they aren’t targeted again.

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