Police have asked for help in finding those responsible for putting a sock on a swan’s head, potentially putting its life in danger.
The bird was found in the Coulson Road area of Lincoln on Sunday with a tight black sock over its head.
If it had not been removed, the swan, unable to eat, could have starved or suffocated, the RSPCA said.
Police believe the garment was put on intentionally due to the “tight fit” and “deep neck of the tube”.
Officers have launched a joint witness appeal with the animal welfare charity in an effort to find the culprits.
RSPCA Inspector Kate Burris said “the senseless prank could have caused this poor swan to suffer for a long time and ultimately ended in his death.”
She added: “Since it is the breeding and nesting season, it could also have resulted in suffering and sadly the death of any dependent offspring.”
Wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and it is an offense to kill, injure or take them without a permit. The maximum penalty is six months in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-05 18:44:00