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Rare bird of prey rescued from chicken coop

The goshawk is so rare RSPCA are no releasing the location she was found Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A rare bird of prey has been rescued and returned to the wild after she was found in a chicken coop.

The goshawk had made her way into the living quarters of a flock of chickens at a West Wales farm.

All of the chickens were checked over by a vet and they had survived the ordeal without injury.

RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West rescued the goshawk Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The goshawk was kept in RSPCA care overnight for monitoring. RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West confined herself in the coup to rescue the wild bird:

This must have come as one massive shock to the owner of the smallholding - who was alerted after hearing an almighty commotion from the chicken coop.

It was some ordeal for the chickens. One hen ran into the coup, and initially still had the goshawk clinging to her back.

Fortunately, they all escaped unharmed, and were fine - as was a pretty startled goshawk.

– RSPCA Cymru, Ellie West
  • The bird was released back into the Carmarthenshire wild

The animal charity are not releasing the location the goshawk was released because the bird is so rare.