The team at Specsavers in Stafford couldn’t believe their eyes when a feathered friend flew into the store on Gaolgate Street. 

The dazed great tit was seeing stars after hitting the Specsavers store window, but caring staff were able to capture the bird and take it to the Amerton Farm Wildlife Rescue Centre at Stowe-by-Chartley.

‘The bird – nicknamed Shudda – literally flew into our window and fell to the floor,’ said Jason Guy, store director. ‘On examination, the team at Amerton Farm discovered the bird was blind in one eye, which is maybe why it had become disorientated.’

Dawn Blacker, Manager at the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (BWRC) at Amerton Farm said: ‘Our vet confirmed that the bird had no sight in one eye, however after a period of hand-feeding we were confident that the bird would be able to feed itself with live food.  The bird was transferred into our rehabilitation aviary for observation after its ordeal. 

‘I’m happy to report that Shudda was successfully released from our rehabilitation aviary on Tuesday (2 September.)  He was one of our more memorable patients this year, and we are confident that he will have a good chance of survival back in the wild.’ 

Jason added: ‘We have donated £100 as a thank you to the BWRC.  We are delighted that Shudda could be saved and are very grateful to the staff at Amerton Farm for their help.’

The Amerton Farm Wildlife Rescue Centre provides care and rehabilitation to sick and injured wild animals and birds. 

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