LOMPOC, Calif. - A female blue heron that had been currently nesting was taken to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network after it was found in Lompoc suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
The bird was initially found by the Lompoc Water Treatment Plant and taken to the Wildlife Care Network by a Lompoc Animal Control officer on March 1.
The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network wrote on their Facebook page that x-rays showed the blue heron was suffering from at least four gunshot wounds throughout its body, but even more shocking, she was carrying an egg leading officials to believe she had been nesting when she was shot.
The blue heron is said to be doing much better and recovering from her wounds.
"She is now standing, a great improvement, and has been moved to a larger enclosure at our center. We're hoping that she will make a full recovery," wrote the Wildlife Care Network on their Facebook page.
It's unknown who shot the bird or if any suspects have been contacted by police at this time, but officials urge anyone with any information regarding this case to call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-888-334-2258.