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    Canada goose shot with crossbow at Surrey pond

    NewsPoultry NewsThursday 26 April 2012
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    A Canada goose is recovering at a wildlife centre after being shot with a crossbow in Surrey.

    The goose was spotted by a passer-by near the Mill Pond in Ewell with a five-inch crossbow bolt through its foot.

    It was removed by staff at the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF), in Leatherhead, who are now caring for the bird.

    The goose is reported to be making a steady recovery and should be able to be released back into the wild.

    'Truly appalling'
    WAF founder-director Simon Cowell 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 air gun 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 in Leatherhead.

    Despite the efforts of the veterinary staff and volunteers, the duck died from its injuries.

    Surrey Police is investigating reports that a 14-year-old boy had been firing an air gun at animals from his bedroom window.

    Source: BBC News

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