Duck shot with crossbow

The RSPCA are desperately trying to capture a duck which has been shot through the neck with a crossbow bolt in Gloucestershire.

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RSPCA ask for help to catch shooter

The RSPCA is asking the public for help in catching whoever shot a duck through the neck with a crossbow bolt.

The female mallard, which lives on the River Severn at Lower Lode near Tewkesbury, is able to fly and feed but has so far evaded all attempts to catch her.

A spokesman for the animal charity says it is an offence to shoot wildlife with a crossbow, and they'd like information from anyone who knows who may have done it.

Mallard with crossbow Credit: ITV News West Country
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Mallard shot by crossbow ducks RSPCA capture

The RSPCA are desperately trying to capture a duck which has been shot through the neck with a crossbow bolt.

The duck continues to fly around with the large blue arrow shot through its neck.
The duck continues to fly around with the large blue arrow shot through its neck. Credit: SWNS.com

The mallard is believed to have been shot in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, three weeks ago, but is still swimming around unbothered, and as yet has evaded capture by concerned animal welfare inspectors.

RSPCA spokeswoman Katya Mira has appealed for anyone who knows who shot the duck to come forward.

The crossbow bolt seems to have passed through the flesh and missed the oesophagus, vets say.
The crossbow bolt seems to have passed through the flesh and missed the oesophagus, vets say. Credit: SWNS.com

"Our inspectors have been out several times, as have staff from another wildlife centre nearby, and no one has yet been able to catch the duck.

"The duck does appear to be fully functioning and OK for now. But this does mean he can fly, so tends to take off whenever he sees a net or anyone gets near.

"In the meantime, if anyone has any information about the duck and how she came to be attacked with a dart in this way, they should call our investigations line."