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A swan was found covered in blood after being shot in the head.
Cops believe the poor animal was shot with an airgun at Southmere Lake near Thamesmead, south-east London on Thursday.
Pellets were found on right side of the swan's head and police are hunting the gunman.
Cops have also urged visitors to be aware of the incident when visiting Southmere Park.
The swans on the River Thames belong to Crown and are protected under a special decree.
All birds are protected under the law and it is illegal to harm them.
Greenwich Police are putting out an appeal for information into what happened.
A nesting swan was shot in the face with an air rifle in Thatcham, Berkshire in April.
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The bird was still wandering around a month later with it sticking out of its body at a KFC in the city.
It has been tucking into scraps of chips and chicken left by diners since May.
The animal appeared to be unfazed by the arrow pierced through the middle of it.
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Despite it attracting the attention of worried customers who wanted to take it to the vet, the plucky gull, which is still able to fly, has so far evaded capture.
Residents of the seaside resort are now living in fear the thug who shot the poor gull may strike again and are calling on visitors to be vigilant.
If you have information about what happened to the swan at Southmere Lake call police on 101.
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