Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses after two swans were attacked with a crossbow in the Muscliffe area of the town.
The swans, a male and female pair, were seriously injured in the attack last Wednesday at 6pm at Throop Mill.
The RSPCA were alerted by members of the public. The male was caught and received treatment for an injured lung.
However, the female could not be caught and died from her injuries two days later.
PC Claire Dinsdale said: “This is an atrocious act and, following further investigations, I am now able to release some details of a man we would like to speak with.
“He was seen in the area of Throop Mill at around 6.15pm and has a very distinctive appearance.
“He is around six feet tall, of solid build, in his late forties and had a tanned, weathered face and dark hair.
“He was wearing a black baseball cap and a black or dark coloured leather jacket with red piping.
“He was carrying a black crossbow which also had red piping on it and appeared to almost match the clothing he had on.
“Anyone who may have witnessed the attack take place or can help us further with our enquiries is urged to call the non-emergency number 101.”
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