A male swan died in agony after being left at the roadside by a hit-and-run driver.
The incident happened on the morning of April 20 on the A4146 at Leighton Buzzard, where the swan was hit by the motorist who sped off.
A female driver later stopped to pick up the injured swan, and took him to Tiggywinkles animal hospital in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.
She said: “Whoever hit him drove off and left him on the side of the road in a puddle of blood.
“He has a broken leg, ruptured air sac and has a gash in his side where his intestines have come through. They are hopeful he will pull through as he is young and alert at the moment.
“All I can say is shame on the person who did this and drove off, I don’t know how you sleep at night.”
A Beds Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a swan being hit by a vehicle on the A4146 at 7.45am on Monday, 20 April. The swan was recovered.”
Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles, confirmed that the cob later died from its severe injuries.