THE RSPCA is caring for an injured rare bird of prey after it was found in Porth.
The female Goshawk, who is thought to be around one-year-old, was collected by RSPCA inspector Simon Evans after she was found by a member of the public in Porth Park on 10 January.
“The bird was unable to fly far and had injured its right wing,” he said.
“The member of public who found it thought it must be a buzzard, but I was excited enough to tell him otherwise before I took the bird to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre.
“It was most definitely a wild bird and not an owned bird and was probably the most naturally aggressive animal/bird I have ever had in my van.”
Staff at the wildlife centre in Somerset believe the bird could be in care for six weeks or longer while her wing heals from the fracture.
Manager of RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife and Animal Centre Neil Thomas said: “She is a beautiful bird and we rarely see them admitted to the centre.
“She has a fractured wing and we do not know how this happened.
“Our vet team have strapped her wing and prescribed rest for this beautiful and powerful bird of prey.
“At the moment she is eating well and responding well to treatment so we hope that once her wing has healed fully and she is back up to full strength she will be released back into the wild.”
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