Wednesday 25th April 2012
A Canada goose is recovering at a wildlife centre after being shot with a crossbow.
The goose was spotted by a passer-by near to the Mill Pond in Ewell, Surrey with a five-inch crossbow bolt through its foot.
The passer-by alerted Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) and its wildlife emergency rescue team was able to reach the goose quickly and remove the arrow.
The goose has been now treated at the WAF wildlife hospital in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, where it is making a steady recovery and should be able to be released back into the wild.
WAF founder-director Simon Cowell MBE said: "We often have to try to save animals that have been shot using firearms of various types. These weapons seem to be widely available. Some of the injuries from airgun pellets and crossbow bolts are truly appalling."
Last week the WAF also had to treat an Indian Runner duck after it was shot with an air gun. Despite the efforts of the foundation's veterinary staff and volunteers the duck died from its injuries. The matter has been referred to Surrey Police.