RSPCA officers are hunting the thug responsible for shooting a swan in the neck with a crossbow.
The stricken animal was spotted by a member of the public on the River Lyne near Lynemouth with the bolt protruding from her feathers on Monday.
The crossbow had completely pierced the swan’s neck but luckily only soft tissue was damaged and she was nursed back to health before being released back into the wild on Tuesday.
Inspector Trevor Walker, from the RSPCA, said: “This was an absolutely despicable act which has caused this swan a great deal of suffering.
“I can only presume the motivation behind this deliberate attack was entertainment.”
“I hope anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, will get in touch.”