Appeal after pelican shot, spoonbill’s legs ‘smashed’

by admin on December 20th, 2018

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Appeal after pelican shot, spoonbill’s legs ‘smashed’ A pelican with an apparent gunshot wound. Picture: Supplied
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A pelican with an apparent gunshot wound. Picture: Supplied

A pelican with an apparent gunshot wound. Picture: Supplied

A spoonbill that died after its legs were broken. Pictures: Supplied

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“The side that it’s been shot on, the exit hole on the other side is just perfectly round; the size of a .22 rifle.”

MsSpilsted said the pelican also had a wound on its head, suggesting it shook off a second shot attempt.

In a separate incident,a young spoonbill wasfoundatKoona Bay,Albion Park Rail, on Wednesday –both of its legs had been broken. It didn’t survive.

“Theyall fly with their feet tucked up, so it can’t possibly have flown into something,” she said.“It’s just been smashed in the same place on both legs, straight across the knees.”

MsSpilsted saidholidays were“horrendous” for bird injuriesandthere was “a fair chance” kids were involved this time around.

“What possible reason could an adult have for breaking a spoonbill’s legs? All they do is just walk along the water edge,” she said.

‘HEARTBREAKING’: Betty Spilsted from Australian Seabird Rescue wants people to see these images of a pelican with an apparent gunshot wound (top, bottom left) and a spoonbill that died after its legs were broken. Pictures: Supplied

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