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A swan rescued from a river at the weekend with a bolt through its neck has been returned to the wild - and a reunion with its mate.
The RSPCA inspector who helped save the bird's life said the person who fired the crossbow now has to be caught.
Vets and RSPCA officers who released an injured swan back into the wild said it could not have gone any better - because her mate was still waiting for her after ten days and the pair swam away together.
The swan was found with injuries caused by a crossbow last week in Lynemouth, Northumberland. It was rescued and underwent surgery. Vet Sam Prescott said the swan had done "magnificently well".
Vet Sam Prescott explains how a swan shot with a crossbow in Lynemouth, Northumberland, survived its injuries.
A swan that was shot in the neck with a crossbow is to be released back into the wild.
The bird was spotted by a member of the public on the River Lyne, in Northumberland, last week. It underwent an operation and has been nursed back to health by the RSPCA.