Swan found shot in Shrewsbury; undergoing treatment

Only a cut to the head was found at first, X-rays revealed pellets in the neck

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A swan found shot in Shrewsbury is recovering at the Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton.

Leona Pease, Shrewsbury’s animal control officer, tells The Telegram & Gazette she found the swan last Thursday on land near Lake Quinsigamond.

She says the only visible injury was a cut on the head near the beak that had some bloodiness.

But when the swan was X-rayed at Tufts, pellets were found in its neck.

Pease says she has rescued several injured swans in the past few years but usually from lead poising after eating fishing weights.

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