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X-ray revealed fractured wing and shotgun pellets.<br />
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On a wing and a prayer...Salisbury Cathedral's Peregrine falcon takes to the skies once more after being illegally shot down.<br />
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'Peter' the peregrine has been nursed back to health after miraculously recovering from being illegally shot.<br />
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Peter was one of the first peregrine chicks to be hatched on the tower at historic Salisbury Cathedral, Wilts, for more than six decades.<br />
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But the two-year-old bird was found gravely injured by 18-year-old Shannon Hamshare 12 miles away on farmland near Stockbridge, Hants, in March this year.<br />
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He was taken to the nearby Hawk Conservancy Trust where X-rays showed the protected bird of prey had a stable fracture wing that was consistent with a gunshot wound. <br />
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Peter was nursed back to health and released in meadow.