A FEMALE swan has had a lucky escape after she was shot with a crossbow.
The bird was spotted on the River Lyne with a bolt through her neck on Monday, July 15.
RSPCA Inspector Trevor Walker was called, but was unable to reach the swan so Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s Green Watch at Pegswood used a boat to herd her onto land.
She was taken to Robson and Prescott vets in Morpeth, where staff managed to get the bolt out. Fortunately it had passed through soft tissue only and the swan was released back onto the river on Tuesday.
Insp Walker said: “This was an absolutely despicable act, which has caused this swan a great deal of suffering. I can only presume the motivation behind this deliberate attack was entertainment. I hope anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, will get in touch.”
To contact Insp Walker, call 0300 1234 999.