An appeal has been launched after a swan was shot in a popular beauty spot near Sutton Coldfield.
The swan was found collapsed at the side of Coton Road in Marston.
He was badly injured and had been suffering with a shotgun wound for at least a week and had to be put down as a result of that.
A member of the public spotted the swan on Monday morning (February 4) near Lea Marston Lakes and alerted the RSPCA.
The team say the swan was weak, underweight and unable to stand. He was taken for emergency treatment at Vale Wildlife Centre in Gloucestershire.
The wildlife centre say there were cartridge pieces in the bird's wings but also one in his digestive tract which indicate that he must have swallowed some of the lead, causing major problems.
This meant he was unable to feed properly which is why he was slowly starving.
The RSPCA have launched an appeal. Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch.