A young female sparrowhawk escaped serious injury when she was clipped by a car and a lorry on a busy Somerset road.
Concussed and very wet, the sparrowhawk was sitting hunched up on the side of the A303 Ilminster Road, between Ilminster and Chard, when a passer-by in a car noticed her, picked her up and delivered her to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill.
Staff at the rescue centre were surprised to find that apart from bruising and an ulcer on her right eye, the sparrowhawk looked likely to survive the accident.
The bird was initially under veterinary care while completing her course of treatment for the ulcer and was then moved to an outdoor aviary.
Having been given the all clear, she was returned to her home territory, released by one of Secret World’s response drivers near to where she was found.
Samantha Hannay from Secret World Wildlife Rescue said: “She was so lucky that someone was prepared to rescue her and bring her to the charity for rehabilitation.
“It’s great to see that people value our wildlife and are prepared to go that extra mile for them.”