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Second gull shot with crossbow bolt in Inverness

An animal welfare charity is appealing for information after a second gull was shot with a crossbow bolt in Inverness.

The Scottish SPCA said the kittiwake, which appeared to have been targeted at close range, had been found alive at Inshes Roundabout on Thursday.

However, it had to be put down due to the severity of its injuries.

In February, a herring gull had to be put to sleep after being found in another part of the city with a crossbow bolt through its neck.

The Scottish SPCA appealed for information, and said it was possible the two incidents could be connected.

Ch Insp Iain Allan said: "This was a sickening incident which would have caused this bird a great deal of pain and suffering.

"We can't be sure where the attack took place as it's likely the gull was still able to fly after being shot."

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