03:57AM, Monday 23 December 2013
A male swan has been shot through the neck with a catapult in Windsor.
The latest swan to be the victim of a vicious attack is a seven-year-old cob, found with an injury to its throat on Friday near the town's racecourse.
After being spotted the bird was rescued by the Swan Lifeline charity and taken to its headquarters at Cuckoo Weir Island in Eton.
The charity treatment co-ordinator Wendy Hermon said that the bird was on an intravenous drip.
It was operated on by vet Paul Crocker, a partner in Windsor's Alma Veterinary Hospital.
He said: "The bird had a 2cm laceration in the mid part of its neck, saliva and small pieces of soggy bread could be seen coming from the wound."
He said the injury indicated that a catapult had been used. A 3cm section of damaged oesophagus was removed.
Mr Crocker said: "The swan is recovering at Swan Lifeline, and although it’s not completely out of danger we are cautiously optimistic of a recovery.
"Unfortunately this is typical of the maliciously inflicted injury that I see all too often in these magnificent birds."
It was the latest in a long line of brutal attacks committed against swans on the Thames at Windsor in recent months.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.