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A pheasant that was hit by a car then endured a 40-mile trip stuck in the vehicles front grille is making a miraculous recovery at a Cotswolds wildlife rescue centre.
The beautiful male bird is now strutting his stuff and feasting on bird seed, crumbled fat balls and the delicacy of mealworms at Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre near Cirencester.
Collision with car could have caused significant injuries
On Wednesday, 28 March it looked as though this pheasant`s number was up when he was hit by a car near the A46 on the road coming out of Bath.
The owner of the car didnt stop, carrying on his journey to work in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
The bird was well and truly wedged in the car grille and remained there until lunchtime when someone out having a cigarette break noticed the distressed bird.
His obvious discomfort was soon alleviated by RSPCA Inspector Rachel Hayward who rushed to the scene after a call was made to our national cruelty line.
At this time his fate was unknown as he was bleeding from the beak and could easily have sustained internal injury or broken bones.
Pheasant making a fantastic recovery
Rachel took the pheasant to the South Cotswolds wildlife rescue centre where he is flourishing against all the odds to the amazement and delight of staff. She said:
We couldnt be more thrilled about how well he is getting on.
He was quiet on arrival and after being checked over was given fluids and put in isolation to rest. Now he is much livelier and is eating very well with his favourite food being mealworms.
Miracles do happen and wildlife hit on the road can be saved with specialist care and treatment.
Speed is of the essence. I would urge anyone who does hit a bird or animal when they are driving to please stop. Either call for help or collect the animal if possible and take it to a local vet.