Poor Queen Elizabeth! The royal received some truly horrific news when 12 of her swans were mysteriously shot in the English countryside. Two of them have died as a result.
According to The Sun, the poor swans were targeted by an unidentified sniper near the Windsor Castle. As if that alone wasn’t chilling enough, it turns out the birds were attacked two separate times.
MUST-SEE: Queen Elizabeth II Was Almost Shot
via Getty Images
The first attack happened on Jan. 24. That time, four swans were shot, including a young one that needed to be put to sleep. The survivors all lost an eye, and are still in recovery at a veterinary hospital.
The second attack happened on Jan. 28. This time, a whopping eight swans were shot, and the second bird passed away.
"I am sure her Majesty will be horrified to hear that someone is taking pleasure out of shooting them," said Wendy Hermon of Swan Support, the United Kingdom’s charity for swans.
MUST-SEE: Prince William Was Just Trying to Be a Good Dad When the Queen Spoke Her Mind
Hermon added that she couldn’t understand why anyone would ever want to shoot an innocent swan.
"They are peaceful and beautiful birds and they trust people who feed them,” she said.
Thankfully, a police investigation has been launched. We hope they catch the suspect soon!
This now-famous portrait is filled with adorable little children, but only has two of the queen's eight grandchildren. Meet the rest...