A seagull had to be put to sleep by vets after it was beaten with a walking stick in the town centre.
The young bird had one of its wings broken after it was hit ‘with full force’.
Emma Macey, from Bexhill Wildlife Rescue, which was called to the scene following the incident in Wellington Square, is appealing for information after reporting the crime to police.
She said: “I received a call from a lady saying a young seagull had been attacked by a man who hit it with a metal walking stick.
“When I saw the gull I could see its left wing was hanging down a little. I didn’t think the injury would be that bad, being hit with a walking stick.
“The lady told me the gull walked near the man who then used full force, hitting the top of its wing. She had a go at him, saying he’d really hurt it. She and her friend protected the gull and followed it as the bird walked across the road before ringing Bexhill Wildlife Rescue.”
The injured seagull was taken to Mallydams wildlife rehabilitation centre in Fairlight.
Emma added: “I was so shocked at what damage this person had done to the bird. The attack was so severe he had completely snapped its wing and its bone was visible. Sadly there was no saving the poor bird and it had to be put to sleep.”
A description of the man was given to Emma following the incident, which happened on October 1.
He was chubby, had short blond hair, brown marks on his face, and was aged in his mid-30s. He wore a puffer jacket and trousers.
Anyone with information can ring Emma on 07932 256254 or ring Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1045 of October 1.
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