Two swans found shot dead on St Combs beach
Two swans have been found dead on an Aberdeenshire beach after being shot.
The Scottish SPCA said the discovery was made at St Combs on Wednesday.
A male swan was hit by four shotgun pellets and one pellet was found inside a female.
Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona Shand said: "A post mortem has revealed the pair died from a massive haemorrhage caused by gunshot trauma. The bodies may have been dumped there or could have been washed ashore."
She added: "This sort of animal cruelty is completely unacceptable and we are urging people with any information to contact us in an effort to trace whoever is responsible."