Written byLAWRENCE JOHN
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rare bird of the prey – a Red Kite – was shot in Wellingborough.
The bird suffered from a badly injured wing in the incident and was taken to East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.
The Red Kite, which is afforded the highest degree of legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, was x-rayed and it was found to be peppered with pellets from a shotgun from the incident around April 4.
Sadly, the bird was so badly injured it had to be put to sleep.
Centre manager Alison Charles said: “We are all quite horrified that someone has taken a pot shot at such a beautiful bird. We do not get many in this area.
“It is even more frustrating because it is well known that the Red Kite was saved from extinction in the UK and has now been successfully reintroduced to England and Scotland – but it is still a protected species because of its historical decline.