THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a heron was shot with a crossbow bolt.
The injured heron was found by a member of the public at Level Road, Hawarden, Deeside in Clwyd.
RSPCA inspector Tim Jones said the foot-long arrow – known as a bolt – was from a crossbow and went straight through the bird.
“The heron was very lucky not to have been killed straight away from the arrow, but it managed to still move about and fly,” he said.
“The arrow went straight through its leg and through its breast.
Inspector Jones said it took him around five attempts to capture the injured bird, but eventually he was able to get close enough to catch it on 2 October after it landed on someone’s driveway.
The heron was then taken to RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital for treatment.
“At Stapeley the arrow was removed and the heron is now recuperating,” he said. “When fit and healthy it will be released back into the wild.
“If anybody has any information about this incident please contact us. It was an unnecessary act of cruelty.”
Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum prison
sentence of six months and or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with any information about the attack should call us in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.