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, 27 March 2015

Exotic bird is captured in Suffolk by animal sanctuary - and identified as a rhea

07:15 27 March 2015

An exotic bird seen roaming the Suffolk countryside has been safely captured and taken in by an animal sanctuary.

The six-foot bird, now confirmed to be a rhea, caused a flap when it was seen wandering around a field next to the water tower north of Hollesley, near Woodbridge.

How the bird arrived in the field remains a mystery to staff at Hillside Animal Sanctuary, in Frettenham, Norfolk, who answered the call for help catching the bird, which has been identified as a rhea, native to South America – not an ostrich, or an emu, as speculated.

It took staff a while to net the bird, which can reach speeds of up to 40mph and had eluded previous attempts.

Once caught, they loaded it in a trailer and took it to the sanctuary, where it is staying in a stable.

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