RSPCA investigating new sadistic attack Three birds shot
by thugs in past month
A GOOSE has been left with a bolt through its neck after a sickening crossbow
attack just weeks after a similar incident in Rochdale left a goose with
an arrow embedded in it, this stricken bird,was spotted on the Bridgewater
Canal at Trafford Park. RSPCA officials
say it is the third crossbow attack in a month.
The goose was photographed by M.E.N reader Barry Keightley. The 69 year-old,
from Salford, was on his narrow boat with his wife Judith when he spotted
the latest victim close to the Kellogg's factory.
He said: "We were coming back to Castlefield after a trip to Astley when
we saw it. I couldn't believe it. I got the camera out and called the authorities
straight away." Barry, a retired trainer, said: "I've been boating since
1976 and I've never seen anything like it. The people who've done this, they're
just sewer rats."
The M.E.N sent the picture to the
RSPCA, which said the injury could
be life-threatening. Officers believe that although the goose appears to
have no spinal damage, it could have problems breathing and eating. A spokeswoman
said that the organisation is investigating reports of a third attack in
Warrington. Attempts to rescue the injured goose in Rochdale have so far
been unsuccessful and, in spite a £1,000 reward, the people behind the
attack have not been caught .
Residents reported seeing two grinning youths, armed with a crossbow, leaving
the scene close to Kingsway. The spokeswoman added: "These appear to be shocking
cases of deliberate, targeted cruelty which will undoubtedly have caused
suffering to the geese involved. "Mindless attacks like these against wildlife
are of very serious concern to the
RSPCA. If anyone has any information
about who may have done this we urge them to contact us immediately. "The
sooner we get to the bottom of these horrific crimes the better. "We would
also like to hear from anyone who sees the geese in their area to let us
know straight away so as we have a better chance of locating and rescuing
them." Anyone with information should call the
RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.
|I was just checking some of my archives and noticed that the article
by Jo Steele from the Metro Nov5,2009 about a Shoebill moving a duck,refers
to the duck as "he". A duck is the female of the species,and the plumage
clearly indicates that it is indeed a female. Please be sure to check this
in future as I'd not wish the Metro to upset the politically correct brigade.