Police in Buckfastleigh are looking for a man after one of the town's resident ducks was injured by an arrow.
George, a male adult muscovy duck, was found on the banks of the river Dart with a two-feet long arrow sticking out of his body.
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.
A charity says families should stop feeding ducks with bits of bread.
The Canal and River Trust warns that 6 million loaves are thrown to the birds every year but this becomes soggy and clogs up our waterways.
Oats or frozen peas are recommended instead.