Two more seagulls have been found shot in Polegate.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service made the grim discovery after being called to Sayerland Road just after lunchtime yesterday (2 July). The first bird was initially thought to have been hit by a car, when it was found by the roadside.
“When I first saw it, it didn't look injured. I pulled over and walked over to it and spotted blood on its wing,” explained Chris Riddington, Duty Rescue Co-ordinator, "I grabbed a net and managed to catch it quite easily. when I examined it to see what injuries it had, I quickly spotted a puncture wound, indicative of a shot puncture. Fearing this was the case I searched the area to see if the culprits were in the area still.”
Chris searched the area found the second gull on the other side of the road.
“I spotted something on the grass. I was quite upset to see another gull covered in blood. I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. I picked this gull up and he had a nasty fractured wing and a shot wound to his chest as well," Chris said.
Both gulls were rushed to out of hours vets Mike Symons who saw them straight away. Sadly, one of the gulls injuries were to severe and it had to be put to sleep.
Both birds were subsequently X-rayed and the evidence was clear that they had been shot. Sussex police were called and will be doing door-to-door questioning around the area. They are asking for anyone with any information to come forward and call Sussex Police on 101 stating ref 632 of 02/07/2017.
Image courtesy: WRAS