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.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The real-life road runner: Huge rhea bird has been on the loose on British streets for TWO YEARS foiling all attempts to catch it

Common Rhea, native to South America, spotted in the English countryside
Giant bird was photographed near the RAF Odiham base, in Hampshire
Flightless birds can go up to six feet tall and weigh up to four stone
The Rhea, nicknamed Ron, has been on the loose for two years 

PUBLISHED: 10:09, 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:38, 20 October 2014

An ostrich-sized bird that is capable of disembowelling a human with its claws has been seen roaming around the English countryside.

The South American rhea, which stands six feet tall and can run at 40mph, has been on the run for two years foiling all attempts to catch it.

The giant flightless bird, which has six-inch claws and could kill with a single blow, was photographed by Steve Lynes near the RAF Odiham base in Hampshire.

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