Monday 24 October 2016

'Aggressive' ostrich-like bird on the loose 'threat to public

Published 25/06/2015 | 09:31

Rhea (stock): Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Rhea (stock): Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

An "aggressive" ostrich-like bird reported missing from a private collection is still on the loose, with police warning it poses a threat to the public.

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Anyone in the Nottinghamshire area who spots the rhea, a tall flightless bird native to South America, is urged to call 999 immediately.

The animal is thought to have gone missing from Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop between Monday evening and midday on Tuesday.

Police said this morning there have been no confirmed sightings of the animal.

Inspector Paul Peatfield from Nottinghamshire Police said: "We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in.

"Officers are working with the owner to trace the bird as we look to bring his incident to a safe conclusion.

"If anyone sees this bird, please call 999 immediately, quoting incident number 601 of Tuesday 23 June."

Last year, another rhea - nicknamed Chris after the Road To Hell singer - went on the run in Hertfordshire.

The 6ft bird became a familiar face at Barkway Park Golf Club near Royston after it escaped from its enclosure nearby in April 2014, but police were worried it could cause a car crash.

After more than a month on the loose, the fugitive was shot dead by gamekeeper Stuart Howe who turned the bird into gourmet sausages.

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