Pheasant making full recovery after being found alive trapped under car grille

The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for a pheasant after it was discovered under a car grille in December of last year.

pheasantWe have been caring for the pheasant called Rey, who was named after the leading character in Star Wars, at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross where she is expected to make a full recovery.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Rey had been trapped behind the car grille for two days before being spotted.

“Luckily, we were alerted just in time and although she had badly damaged tendons and was unable to use her legs, we are confident that she will make a full recovery.

“This type of accident is more common than you might think and we would encourage drivers to double check their grille if they think they may have hit any type of animal.”

Inspector Robyn Gray said, “The caller was quite alarmed after finding the bird trapped under the grille of her car.

“The pheasant had been stuck with her leg hanging out of the bottom of the car. I managed to free her leg and there was a lot of pushing and pulling on the grille in order to finally get her through a gap.

“It’s wonderful to hear that Rey is on her way to a full recovery!”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

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