Here is yet another grisly account of a buzzard being illegally shot in the UK, just four days after the last one was reported.
That one was in Cambridgeshire, this one was in neighbouring Bedfordshire.
According to social media reports by South Essex Wildlife Hospital, an injured buzzard was brought to them by an RSPCA inspector after being picked up at an undisclosed location in Bedford on Friday 5th February 2021.
The vet diagnosed a fractured humerus and looking at the x-ray it looks like an air gun pellet has caused a catastrophic injury (photos by South Essex Wildlife Hospital, injury site on x-ray highlighted by RPUK).
I’m no vet but looking at its appalling injury it’s hard to see how this bird could have flown any distance from the location where it was shot.
According to the reports, the vet consulted with a specialist raptor vet in the US and it was concluded the damage was irreparable so a decision was made to euthanise the buzzard to prevent further suffering.
Apparently the RSPCA are making enquiries.
If you have any information about this crime please contact the RSPCA (0300-1234-999) or Bedfordshire Police (101) or the RSPB Investigations Team (01767-689551).
Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 – 555111.