Wildlife rescuer hunts ‘serial killer’ as animals beheaded at ‘lake of horror’

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A 'serial killer' is being hunted after various animal decapitations and drownings at what has been dubbed a "lake of horror".

Wildlife rescuer Carly Ahlen believes the gruesome deaths of swans and foxes in the area can only have been the work of a human.

So far Carly counts four animals as victims of vile violence at Southmere Lake, Thamesmead in south-east London.

Bludgeoned and bloodied Swans which have been dumped without their heads make up three of the attacks, the fourth is a shot and drowned fox.

After being alerted to the horrific scenes, Carly patrolled the lake herself where she took photos of the corpses.

She said: "I am really angry. Swans are protected so this is a real big wildlife crime. Four animals getting killed, it is like a serial killer.

"I deal with wildlife crimes almost every day but nothing could have prepared me for this. It was even more shocking knowing that a human had done this.

"From my experience this was not done by an animal, they are clean cuts to the head.

"I love swans terribly and it is devastating that the wildlife is being treated and decimated in this way. For someone to do this is shocking. I cannot understand why someone would need to kill an animal that cannot defend itself."

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The attacks were first reported at the beginning of December but appear to be ongoing.

National animal charity the RSPCA has said it is speaking to the people who made the grim discoveries and the Metropolitan Police has also been made aware of the situation.

Carly's own Gabo Wildlife foundation plans to catch those responsible red handed after fitting a security camera at the lake.

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Carly added: "It is notorious in this area. It is the lake of horror.

"People go there to interact with nature instead they are seeing this. I cannot imagine the people who may have seen this walking around there.

"The wildlife killings are becoming more frequent and gruesome, when I pulled out the fox from the lake and took his body to examine, I could see the terror etched on his face.

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"I knew from my experience that this fox had been tortured, the two head wounds, I felt did not kill him instantly, but caused him great distress and had probably drowned after being thrown into the lake."

An RSPCA spokesperson said: "It is concerning to hear reports of dead wild animals found at Southmere Lake, and we are in contact with those who made the upsetting discoveries.

"We urge anyone with information to contact us on 0300 1234 999. They can also contact the police who have wildlife crime officers."

  • Animals
  • London
  • Serial Killers

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