A seabird needed to be put down after being shot.
The RSPCA is now interesting for info after an the injured cormorant was discovered shot in Wickford.
The animal welfare charity is investigating after an x-ray revealed the cormorant had been shot with a shotgun.
RSPCA Inspector Jessica Dayes was known as to rescue the chook on March 2, after a involved member of the general public discovered the cormorant, operating round their backyard in Rectory Lane.
The cormorant was grounded and unable to fly.
Jessica collected the chook and took him to The South Essex Wildlife Hospital to be assessed.
Whereas there, vets x-rayed the chook and found that the cormorant had various pellets inside their physique.
Sadly the accidents had been so extreme that the vet made the unhappy choice to place the cormorant to sleep to forestall him struggling additional.
Jessica mentioned: “It is rather upsetting to suppose that this lovely chook was intentionally focused and shot.This can be an offence beneath the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
“Anybody with any details about how this chook got here to be harmed is urged to name the RSPCA Inspector attraction line on 0300 123 8018.”
All wild birds are protected beneath the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it’s an offence to kill, injure or take wild birds besides beneath licence.
The utmost penalty, if discovered responsible, is six months in jail and or an infinite