UPDATE, Friday 8.15am:
A young magpie shot with an arrow in Warrnambool on Thursday is distressed but recovering well, a wildlife carer says.
Mosswood Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation centre manager Tracey Wilson said the magpie came into her care late on Thursday after a trip to the vet.
"He is hysterical as you can imagine," she said.
"He is not a happy camper but we have him on antibiotics and pain relief and we will give him a couple of days and see how he goes."
It's understood the magpie was transported to a veterinary clinic on Thursday where the arrow was removed and the wound was cleaned.
Ms WIlson said it was a "very, very lucky magpie".
She it was unfortunately not the first incident involving an arrow used to intentionally harm an animal in Warrnambool.
Anyone with information should contact Warrnambool police or Crime Stoppers.
Earlier, Thursday: Police are trying to find who shot a baby magpie with an arrow in Warrnambool's Crawley Street this morning.
Warrnambool police Senior Constable Rebecca Wills said police were called to reports of an animal cruelty incident about 9am.
She said a baby magpie located at a reserve in Crawley Street was believed to have been shot with an arrow about an hour earlier.
"Passersby found the baby magpie on the ground and rang police," she said.
"We attended, it was still alive and wildlife rescue attended and have taken it into their care."
Senior Constable Wills urged any witnesses or anyone with information to contact police.
"This is disgusting behaviour," she said.
"It's appalling to see that our native wildlife has been treated in such a manner."
Mosswood Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation centre manager Tracey Wilson said a volunteer was called to the Crawley Street reserve on Thursday.
She said the magpie had managed to move up into a nearby tree.
Warrnambool firefighters attended to help retrieve the bird.
Ms Wilson said the animal was now at the vet receiving care.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Warrnambool police or Crime Stoppers.
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