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Swan left for dead after being shot with 17-inch crossbow

The swan is being cared for at the Newbrook Animal Centre. Credit: RSPCA

A swan was left bleeding heavily after somebody shot her with a 17-inch long crossbow in Birmingham.

A member of the public saw the swan struggling with something in her wing in Babbs Mill Lake, Kingshurst, on Tuesday (1st Oct) and reported the matter.

David Williams from the RSPCA was called to the scene and managed to safely capture the bird.

He rushed the swan to the Newbrook Animal Centre in Birmingham where veterinary staff were able to remove the arrow and treat the wound.

. Credit: RSPCA

“It is disgusting to think that someone deliberately decided to shoot this poor swan.

“She must have been terrified and in a lot of pain. It is fortunate a member of the public saw the swan struggling and reported the matter to us or she could have been left to suffer a lingering death.

“I would now like to trace the callous person who is responsible for such a cowardly attack and am asking for anyone with information as to who did this or anyone who saw anything suspicious to call the RSPCA appeals line.

– Animal Collection Officer David Williams

The swan was responding well to pain relief and is now in the care of Wychbold Swan Rescue Centre in Droitwich where staff said today she is doing well.