A duck which survived having a screwdriver embedded in its side for more than a year has been found shot dead.
The body of the adult male mallard - nicknamed Wellard - was discovered at Whittleford Pool, in Nuneaton, on Monday night after an anonymous tip-off to a local animal charity.
It is the latest attack on wildfowl in the area in recent days - on Sunday night a male swan was found dead at a nearby pool after being targeted with a .22 air rifle.
Geoff Grewcock, from the Nuneaton- based Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, said they had also had reports of another duck being shot with a crossbow in Bedworth.
He added: "We had an anonymous phone call to say that Wellard had been shot. We went and recovered the body.
"That duck deserved to live. It's gone from June last year with a screwdriver in its side. I think it was shot by the same youths who shot the swan."
Wellard evaded all attempts at capture after being spotted with the tool in its side in Stubbs Park, in Camp Hill, Nuneaton, last year.
Mr Grewcock said: "The police have been notified and are going to step up patrols in the area. These attacks mainly happen when children are on school holidays. If they're using these guns, sooner or later someone's going to get seriously injured."
It is an offence to kill any wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. The maximum penalty is a fine of £5,000 and up to six months in jail.