A swan has been shot dead at a pond in Doncaster, leaving its mate pining.
The bird is believed to have been shot dead with an air rifle whilst it was nesting on a pond behind Carcroft Enterprise Park.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The offenders are described as one white teenage male, who spoke with a local accent, and two white boys aged around ten-years-old. It is believed that the teenager fired the weapon and told an eye-witness that he would shoot him next.”
Shooting a swan is a criminal offence as all swans are property of the crown and nobody other than the Queen is allowed to own or damage them.
Anyone with information about the incident, which happened between 5pm and 6pm on Friday, April 19, is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.