Charity Offer Reward For Pigeon Sniper
A £1,000 reward is being offered after several pigeons were spotted with metal darts impaled through their heads.
One of the injured pigeonsThe darts were apparently fired from a blow gun, lodging directly behind the birds' eyes without penetrating their brains.
Animal rights charity Peta is offering the reward for information that may lead them to the person responsible in the US city of Seattle.
It says the darts make the birds very susceptible to painful infections and could lead to further injury.
As pigeons often gather closely together, other birds can also be blinded by the protruding points.
The injured pigeons have avoided capture by rescuers because they are still mobile and able to fly.
"Animal abusers are cowards," says Peta manager Martin Mersereau.
"They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.