Swan shot with crossbow going back to the wild

Swan attacked with crossbow Credit: RSPCA

A swan shot with a crossbow and an air rifle will be released back into the wild today - according to the RSPCA.

She was found with crossbow bolts in her head and neck at St Helens Canal in Widnes.

Swan well enough to feed herself Credit: RSPCA

She can now swim again - and feed herself and has been recovering with other swans at an RSPCA hospital in Nantwich.

Cheshire Police are appealing for people in Widnes to "search their conscience" if they have any information about who carried out the attack.