Appeal for information

Duck with arrow © RSPCA


We’re  appealing for information about a duck shot with a crossbow dart in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire – as well as trying to catch the bird to remove the dart.

RSPCA inspectors have been out seven times over the past few weeks to try to catch the duck. But the plucky bird keeps flying off when officers get close so she has evaded capture so far. Staff from another nearby wildlife centre have also attempted to catch her at least four times, also with no success.

The duck has however been captured on film. Watch the footage on the ITV news site.

Duck could suffer horribly

The duck appears not to be in pain and is flying, feeding, running and generally behaving in a normal way at the moment but could suffer horribly if the dart is left in.

The priority is still for us to try to capture her and get the plastic crossbow dart removed.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Lee Hopgood said:

“It is horrendous that this poor duck has been shot with a dart and we would like to hear from anyone who knows who is responsible. We urge the public not to attempt to rescue or catch the duck themselves as they may unintentionally do more harm than good by stressing or scaring the duck.”

We are continuing to monitor the situation and attempt rescues when possible.

Can you help?

It is completely unacceptable for an animal to be targeted in this way and we urge anyone with any information about how this happened to call us and let us know on 0300 1234 8018.

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