If you’ve ever wondered just how low humans can stoop, this story about two swans in Essex being shot with a crossbow should be a good indicator.
On Sunday morning the RSPCA received a call from a member of the public about to two swans in Maldon, Essex.
When the RSPCA arrived at the scene, both swans had been impaled with an arrow each at the lake of the Maldon Golf Club.
Both had been shot in the head by an unknown assailant and the swans were quickly rushed to a nearby wildlife hospital, where they received emergency treatment.
Short vid of how the crossbow bolt was removed from the second swan. The bird is sedated during this procedure.
Posted by South Essex Wildlife Hospital on Sunday, 14 January 2018
At the hospital vets assessed the wounds and were able to successfully remove the arrows – unfortunately though, the swans were left with noticeable scarring and holes in their heads, faces and neck as a result of the injuries.
They’ve been receiving antibiotics to stave off any potential infections and are currently being kept and cared for at the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.
It’s reported they’re making good progress however, they want to keep a close eye on them before they’re released back into the wild.
Furthermore, it’s been reported the of younger of the two swans sustained a chip in its beak from the impact of the bow, so vets with be monitoring her recovery closely.
On their Facebook page, South Essex Wildlife wrote:
When local RSPCA inspector Rebecca called asking for help in Maldon to catch two swans injured by crossbow bolts we quickly got a team together to try and help.
With Tom in a canoe and help from a local resident in their rowing boat, the rescuers eventually managed to corner the birds in a reed bed.
Excellent team work got the help these swans urgently needed. Back at base our job was then to access the wounds and remove the arrows.
It’s an incredible miracle both birds were not killed or their injuries much worse . Someone, somewhere knows who’s responsible for this hideous crime.
If you have any information about the incident please call the RSPCA on their 24-hour hotline: 0300 1234 999.