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.

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.