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Last Updated: Friday, 22 October, 2004, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Osprey dies after second shooting
The shot osprey
The osprey was shot again just a few weeks after its recovery
A rare osprey, nursed back to health by a British bird charity after suffering gunshot wounds, has died after being shot again in Spain.

The young male was found injured in the Alderbury area of Wiltshire on 1 September.

It was taken to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover, Hants, and released last month after rehabilitation.

But the trust has now received an email saying the osprey has been found dead at Ria de Ortigueira, north west Spain.

It was first thought the bird had failed to survive severe storms in the area, but a post-mortem examination revealed it had been shot.

A trust spokesman said: "All the staff at the Hawk Conservancy Trust are in a state of disbelief that the same fate could happen to this bird, and also that this time it was fatal.

"Much time and effort was spent rehabilitating the osprey from its earlier gunshot wound, and the success was obvious.

"However, this time we have been informed that the legs and talons of the bird had been destroyed, leading to its death."

The spokesman added the protection of migrating species was dependent on the co-operation of a chain of countries along the migratory route and that in this case, one of the links had been broken.

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