A swan has survived an attack in which it was shot nine times at a canal in Birmingham. X-ray pictures below show the terrible injuries suffered by the swan after it was attacked with an airgun.
The attack happened near the guillotine lock on Lifford Lane at Kings Norton. Pellets can be seen lodged in the bird's neck and head. One pellet had gone through the swan's eye.
Linda Whiston contacted the RSPCA after being alerted to the bird covered in blood as she walked her dogs on Monday morning. She also discovered a dead cygnet also believed to have been shot. She said:
The RSPCA took the male swan for treatment in Worcester. X-rays revealed it had been shot nine times with an air rifle. The swan is described as being in a very poorly condition and is being closely monitored. RSPCA inspector Jon Ratcliffe said: