Seagull Survives Crossbow Attack
A seagull in scarborough has been seen with a dart lodged in its head after being attacked by a crossbow.
The bird was spotted by Graham Rhodes, a photographer who lives in Scarborough, who was left shocked. It’ s the second recent case in the Burr Bank area after another seagull was found with an injured wing.
Mr Rhodes, who runs Aakschipper Gallery, said he believes the dart is a bolt from a crossbow and he was concerned the attacks could result in an increase of violence in the town.
‘My main worry is that there is someone walking the streets of Scarborough with a crossbow and shooting at birds,’ he said. ‘If they are shooting at gulls in the sky and miss, the bolts have to go somewhere and could take someone’s eye out.’
‘ However the bird seems absolutely normal,’ he told the Scarborough Evening News. The gulls are coming up to the breeding season and I always see this one with its mate when I walk my dog in the area. It is such a sad sight.’
Geoff Edmond, RSPCA inspector for the Scarborough area, said ‘It was appalling and completely illegal to shoot birds. It is remarkable that the gull with the bolt in its head is still flying because the object could have hit the brain or fractured its skull’ , he added.
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