A cygnet has been taken into care after youths hurled rocks at the baby bird on the River Tyne.
Blyth Wildlife Rescue confirmed the baby swan had been attacked under a bridge in Ovingham, Northumberland, on Saturday night.
Reports indicate a group of youths hit the cygnet with rocks, and a passer-by intervened and brought the bird to the attention of vets.
Following an examination, the baby bird seems to have escaped the incident without injury but may never be reunited with its family.
Northumbria Police would encourage anyone with concerns relating to animal welfare to contact the RSPCA.