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.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Rhea exit! Runaway bird gives police slip AGAIN

A RUNAWAY rhea has given police the slip again - after almost a YEAR on the run.
Published: 15:34, Mon, January 12, 2015

The six-foot tall flightless bird - capable of running at 40mph - is believed to be one of three birds that went missing from a pen in Essex last February.

One of the birds, which are native to South America, was recaptured four months later but the other two have since been roaming free.

Police were alerted to the loose ostrich-like animals after one was spotted near the village of Brent Pelham, in Hertfordshire. 

On Sunday morning, East Hertfordshire rural police officers attended a further sighting and spotted the bird - but failed to catch it.

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