A fox is recovering after being shot through the head with a crossbow.
The animal was found with the arrow sticking through its face and out its neck in Gosfield Road, Bromley, south-east London, on Saturday.
RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas said it appeared the fox was shot while it was trying to run away.
Appealing for information, Ms Thomas said: "This arrow was firmly lodged straight through this fox's head - horrific.
"It would have caused this animal a great deal of pain and distress, poor thing, but he is lucky to be alive.
"If the arrow had been any closer to his head, he would have died. It just missed his vital organs."
The arrow was removed by a vet and the fox is now being cared for at The Fox Project rescue centre in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
It is illegal to cause bodily injury to a wild animal using a crossbow according to the law under section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.