RSPCA inspectors are appealing for information after two swans were shot in the head in Wimblington.
Inspectors were called to a dyke off Horsemoor Road on Saturday after the swans were found.
One was dead and the other wounded in the head. Luckily, the second swan’s wounds appeared to be superficial and he was otherwise healthy, so was allowed to fly off.
It is thought they may have been shot with an air rifle on the night of February 27.
RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe said: “This was a horrible incident which resulted in the death of one bird and a second having a lucky escape.
“It appears to have been done in the interests of so-called ‘sport’ but was completely needless and cruel.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA team on 0300 1234 999.