Endangered peregrine falcon shot in Devon, RSPB say

Peregrine Falcon Image copyright Westmoor Vets
Image caption An X-ray confirmed a piece of shot was lodged in the bird's shoulder

A peregrine falcon has been shot in the fifth attack of its kind in a month, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said.

The female bird was found injured in Tavistock, Devon, on 6 March.

The RSPB said the bird, which was found next to Milton Abbot Primary School, is still alive and being cared for by a local falconer.

In a blog, the charity said there had been four similar incidents, in Hampshire, Cumbria and Gloucestershire.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "The birds internationally have the same protected status as giant panda and tigers which shows how precious they are."

Image copyright RSPB
Image caption The RSPB said the bird is being cared for by a local falconer

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