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 didnâ€™t stop thugs from trying to hound it to death.
Animal rescuers recovered the swan after it was found in Liverpoolâ€™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 RSPCAâ€™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 â€œthe rising tide of violence against wild lifeâ€.
Dr Andrew Kelly, the charityâ€™s director at Stapeley Grange, said: â€œIt would seem plenty of people see wildlife as an easy target.
â€œWe 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 arenâ€™t targeted again.