Cumbernauld police probe as hurt swan dies

The injured swan, which later had to be put down
The injured swan, which later had to be put down

A SWAN who was one of the natural stars of Broadwooch Loch has had to be put to sleep - after a thug targeted him with an AIRGUN.

A SWAN who was one of the natural stars of Broadwooch Loch has had to be put to sleep - after a thug targeted him with an AIRGUN.

Officers from the Scottish SPCA found the bird in agony a fortnight ago.

Wildlife officers had used a rescue boat to reach the swan after it was spied on a tiny islet on the loch - and when they eventually managed to capture him, the bird was still bleeding.

He was taken to a vet who found an airgun pellet lodged in the bird’s spine. The vet put the swan to sleep after judging that the bird was in too much pain.

The swan is the mate of a so-called pen which is also seen on the lake. Sadly seven cygnets have lost their father as a result of the attack.

Now Cumbernauld police have launched an inquiry into the incident.

Area Inspector Stevie Hazlett said: “It is clear that this animal suffered due to the callous actions of individuals who discharged a firearm in a public location without thought for the animal or others.”

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