This beautiful Buzzard was found on farm land near Pateley Bridge. It had been seen 4 days before, grounded. He came here for assessment and treatment.
He is very thin and was tube fed before examination by the vet.
The x ray reveals all. He had been shotgun shot with pellets lodged under the skin near the leg joint, fracturing the leg.
His flight feathers have been broken by the shotgun pellets so he is grounded for a while. Hopefully he will survive to be be released. The farmer that found him asked that he not be returned to his home land as it too dangerous for birds of prey. All birds of prey are protected by law but unless someone sees a bird being shot or knows of illegal poisoning and is prepare to stand up and say so, these things continue to go on.
I hope he will go on to be a wild healthy bird again.