Baby magpie shot in the head with a nail gun

How cruel can you get? Baby bird shot in head with nail gun

A JUVENILE magpie found with a nail lodged through its skull is recovering at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Vets believe the injuries are likely to have been sustained from a close-range shot from a high-pressure nail gun.

The injured bird, named Tinsel, was found near Banksia Beach on Bribie Island with an 8cm nail pen

etrating through the sinus and upper beak.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital senior wildlife veterinarian Dr Amber Gillett, who was able to successfully remove the nail, said that Tinsel was lucky to survive the cruel attack.

"Juvenile magpies, particularly those that people may have been feeding, are very inquisitive animals and I suspect that is why the culprit was able to get close enough to shoot the bird," Dr Gillett said.

"I cannot understand what possesses people to inflict such acts of cruelty on our wildlife.

"If the nail had penetrated 5mm to the left it would have gone straight through the eye and likely killed the bird - Tinsel is lucky to be alive."

It is early days but Tinsel is responding well to treatment and Dr Gillett hopes the young magpie will make a full recovery.

"Tinsel is looking good and eating well, and will go to a wildlife carer soon before eventual release back into the wild," Dr Gillett said.

The incident has been reported to police.


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