Twelve of Queen Elizabeth's swans have been mysteriously shot in the English countryside, with two of them dying as a result of their injuries. The Sun reports that the birds were all shot in the head by an as-yet-unidentified sniper near Windsor Castle, in two separate attacks.
A police investigation has been launched in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, with local residents reportedly joining forces with police to try and catch the suspect.
The initial attack took place last Tuesday, January 24, with four
"I cannot understand what pleasure anyone could possibly get from shooting innocent swans," said Wendy Hermon of the UK charity Swan Support. "They are peaceful and beautiful birds and they trust people who feed them." Hermon also confirmed that all twelve of the swans that were shot had leg-bands identifying them as "Crown swans," meaning that they are the property of the Queen.
"I am sure her Majesty will be horrified to hear that someone is taking pleasure out of shooting them," Hermon concluded.
From: Good Housekeeping
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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