A GREEDY jay has been freed after getting stuck inside a bird feeder in a garden in Swindon.

The bird was bought into the Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre wedged upside down inside a wire feeder by Emma Eliot.

Staff at the centre in Cricklade were able to free the jay largely unharmed after removing the peanuts in the feeder.

“He was in shock and had some superficial wounds and some damage to his eye but he’s recovering,” Ms Elliott told the BBC. The centre said it had “quite a few birds stuck in bird feeders” but having such a large bird squeeze its way in was a rarity. It said it hopes to release it back into the wild soon.