Kestrel trapped in car grille at Whittington dealership

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A kestrel had to be rescued from the grille of a sports car after he swooped to chase a mouse and got stuck.

RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Craig Plumley was called after staff at Mick Peake Motors in Whittington discovered the bird of prey trapped in the car.

They managed to release the bird and contain him in a box until the RSPCA arrived, and took him to a nearby wildlife centre for care.

Mr Plumley said: “It is rare that a kestrel gets stuck in a grille. It is the first time I have known it happen in the 19 years I have been working at the RSPCA.

“This bird was victim to very unfortunate timing. He got hit by the car at the exact moment he swooped up from catching a mouse.

“Thankfully, the quick-thinking driver drove slowly to a garage just around the corner from the incident and it was released by technicians.”

Sue Levings, from East Winch Wildlife Centre, confirmed that the bird had not broken any bones.