A MAJESTIC red kite was left enduring a slow and agonising death after being gripped by the cruel teeth of an illegal wildlife trap.
PUBLISHED: 17:40, Tue, May 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 17:40, Tue, May 22, 2018
Harriers have vanished and the kite trapped by device
The medieval looking contraption broke both the protected bird of prey’s legs as it snapped shut with tremendous force.
For the heavily bleeding kite, it would have been a slow death sentence, but a passerby took the bird to a vet who had no option but end its suffering.
The death of the kite comes in a dismal week for Britain’s rarest birds of prey.
Conservationists today announced that three hen harriers fitted with satellite trackers have vanished suspiciously over recent weeks.
As the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds investigate the harriers’ disappearance, colleagues at the RSPCA have launched an appeal for information on how the kite became trapped near Aberystwyth earlier this month.
These gin traps were made illegal to set many years ago and yet shockingly are still being used to catch animals.
Although red kite numbers are buoyant after recent reintroductions, the kites of central Wales are remnants of the surviving British population which almost became extinct last century.