The RSPCA is urging caution on the roads after a peacock got stuck in the grille of a car.

We were called very early on Tuesday morning (20 May) after the bird was discovered caught in the front of the vehicle in Peterlee Road in Cowley, Oxford.

Unfortunately, he was so badly injured by the accident that he had to put to sleep to end his suffering. It is not known how long he was stuck there but he was found at 5.45am.

RSPCA animal collection officer Dennis Lovell said: “This poor bird was clearly in a lot of pain and discomfort and there really was no chance of saving him.

“It was so sad as he was such a beautiful bird – but obviously wandered out onto the road at the wrong time. We don’t know how long he had travelled in that way and been stuck there.

“We would ask drivers to be careful on the roads, especially around dawn and dusk when birds and other wildlife such as deer are most active. We urge them to take extra care and watch out for these animals for their own sake as well as theirs.”

If you come across an animal in distress like this please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

To help the RSPCA in rescues like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)