As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 4 July 2014

The British Avian Invasion: More weird British Bird News


You’re dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, a rhea who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke.
Image: Warren Allott of the Telegraph

Well, it looks like it time for another wildlife-related article. But let’s start with an update from a story I covered a few months ago.
Chris the rhea found and killed.

Some of the more astute readers may have noticed that for this article’s cover, I decided to paraphrase First Blood. That’s mainly because, with all the information I’ve managed to gather, the rhea can really be so dangerous that it can justifiably be compared to John Rambo. Granted, it can’t use an M60, but it’s far more dangerous than one would expect the ostrich’s shorter cousin to be. Case in point: while researching this article, I found out about how a young boy, as a birthday present, had a “zookeeper for a day” job at a bird zoo, and the powers that be allowed him to work with all the birds, except for the rhea. And, in April, one escaped from his owner and roamed Herefordshire.

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