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Duck is found with dart in head

The injured duck
The injured duck was found near a lake in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

A mallard duck has been found with a seven inch (18cm) dart in its head, an animal charity has revealed.

Volunteers from the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust, which rescues injured birds, found the mallard near a lake in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on Saturday.

Staff at the charity, which is based at Ridlington, Norfolk, said the dart had lodged at an angle which prevented the duck eating or drinking.

The trust hopes that the injured mallard can be saved.

Trust chairman Beverley Cosse said: "Until it was brought in, we didn't really understand the true horror of it.

"Someone has thrown this from close range with the intention of killing this duck. It's unbelievable."

She added: "It was touch and go whether it would survive. But we've got the dart out and it's doing well."

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