A young peregrine falcon has been found shot on the outskirts of Cambridge.
The bird was reported to the Raptor Foundation on 18 September, who collected the bird and contacted the police and the RSPB. The peregrine was x-rayed and found to contain a pellet from an air rifle, suggesting it had been deliberately – and illegally – shot. According to vets, the bird could have been shot up to two weeks before.
It's now being looked after at the Raptor Foundation, near St Ives, but vets say its future is uncertain.
Like all birds of prey, peregrines are protected by UK law and are on the National Wildlife Crime Priority list. Anyone found guilty of killing or harming a peregrine could face an unlimited fine and, or, six months in jail.