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Goose shot in head with crossbow

Goose shot in head with crossbow

A goose shot through the head with a crossbow bolt is recovering in an animal hospital as the hunt for those behind the "mindless" attack gets under way.

The RSPCA said the wild bird was spotted with a bolt through the lower part of its head while in a pool on parkland in Birmingham on Saturday.

It was taken from Swanshurst Park to the charity's Birmingham Animal Hospital for emergency treatment.

Inspector Boris Lasserre said: "The bolt has gone right through the lower part of the goose's head. Incredibly he was still alive.

"He was taken to the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Hospital for treatment and X-rays to establish the damage that has been caused by the bolt and the safest way to remove it."

He blasted the culprits for their "mindless cruelty".

Appealing for the public's help to catch those responsible, Mr Lasserre added: "It beggars belief that someone would get enjoyment out of doing something like this.

"It is such awful, callous cruelty and we would urge anyone with information about what happened to contact us as soon as possible. It is a disgusting act of deliberate cruelty.

"It is a criminal offence to injure wild birds under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and if someone is found guilty they face penalties of up to six months in prison and/or a £5,000 fine."

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.