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Arrest made after swan shot with crossbow

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Gloucestershire Police have arrested a 48 year old man from Cheltenham on suspicion of injuring a swan.

George, a male swan, was shot with a crossbow in Pittville Park, Cheltenham last week and was seriously injured. He remains at Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre where his condition is improving.

The man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Swan shot with crossbow has sight breakthrough

Credit: Vale Wildlife Centre

A swan that was shot through the head with a crossbow in Cheltenham's Pittville Park is beginning to show signs of improvement.

The swan is being cared for at the Vale Wildlife Centre near Evesham.

They have announced, that after originally thinking that the swan would be blinded in one eye, the vet has found that he has sight in it.

More than £5,000 has so far been donated by over 200 people towards its care at the centre.

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Swan shot with crossbow "showing signs of improvement"

Credit: Vale Wildlife Centre

A swan that was shot through the head with a crossbow in Cheltenham's Pittville Park is beginning to show signs of improvement.

The swan lost an eye in the shooting and is being cared for at the Vale Wildlife Centre near Evesham.

More than £5,000 has so far been donated by over 200 people towards its care at the centre.

‘’The news this week that George the Swan had been attacked really saddened me. I’d like to personally thank those at Vale Wildlife Hospital for all of the care they have shown towards George and to members of the public who have helped with funding towards his recovery.

‘’Of course this incident has raised the question of safety and security around the park which has always been something we’ve worked hard towards, together with the police, volunteers and other partners.

‘’Every day the park is enjoyed by families, runners, dog walkers and of course wildlife and it should be a relaxing place, free from any worries about safety. I would ask the community to really rally around and take ownership of this lovely park that we’re so lucky to have. If you see any suspicious activity, please report it and don’t assume that someone else has.’’

– Cllr Chris Coleman, Cheltenham Borough Council

George the swan 'still critical' after crossbow attack

George has lost the sight in his left eye after being shot with a crossbow Credit: Vale Wildlife Hospital

The swan shot through the head with a crossbow bolt at a park in Cheltenham remains in a critical condition after it was removed. George was attacked at Pittville Park and is now being cared for at the Vale Wildlife Centre. Caroline Gould from the centre told ITV News she's never seen anything as distressing

Here's some footage of George and his family at Pittville Park just days before his ordeal. George's partner Zelda is seen front left, followed by cygnets Gracie and Bracket. George is behind them, seen spreading his wings. Thanks to Carol Lewis for sending us the video.

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