Large aggressive bird on the loose in Cornwall
NewsTuesday 22 October 2013
Police in Cornwall are on the search for an “aggressive” ostrich-like bird that is currently on the loose in Tregony.
Three police units have been launched to search for a rhea which has escaped from its enclosure in Tregony near Truro.
The search teams were mobilised this morning in search of the animal.
The rhea is a large, flightless bird that is around 4 feet tall. It was initially spotted by a passing motorist who told the police that it had been aggressive when approached.
Speaking to ThisisCornwall, Inspector Mark Richards, from Truro Police, said: “Anyone who spots the bird should contact us and we will put them in touch with the owner.
"We have had three police units out searching for the bird which was last seen on a stretch of road between Tregony and Ruanlanihorne.
"The owner has said it is not usually aggressive but a passing motorist said it had been when he saw it.
“I would urge caution is you spot it and just call it through to the police. Quote log reference 137 on October 22.”
The rhea and the ostrich are both ratite birds that share similar characteristics. However, they are both usually found in different parts of the world, with the rhea being native to South America and the ostrich to Africa.
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