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.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Large bird found on the run in West Moors

First published Friday 23 January 2015 in News
Last updated 09:18 Friday 23 January 2015by Katy Griffin, Reporter

A LARGE bird was found on the run in the West Moors area of East Dorset.

Large bird found on the run in West MoorsThe RSPCA is trying to track down the owner of the Rhea, which was found yesterday (Thursday).
The large bird, similar to an ostrich, was found roaming in the area, and appears to be well and uninjured but no one has been able to get close enough to be sure.

The rhea was found trapped between two lines of fencing and after being carefully herded to safety, is now being held on a farm in the area.

RSPCA staff are monitoring the bird while searching for where it might have come from and are very keen to reunite it with its owner as soon as possible.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Sue Brooks said: “I’ve been an officer for over ten years and I’ve never seen a rhea in the area! We’ve had wallabies before, but this is a new one.

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