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.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Rustler fear over missing rhea

The owner of an "aggressive" ostrich-like bird which has been hunted by armed police since it was reported missing two days ago fears he has been stolen.

Last updated: 25 June 2015, 14:30 BST

The owner of an "aggressive" ostrich-like bird which has been hunted by armed police since it was reported missing two days ago fears he has been stolen.

People living near Carlton-in-Lindrick, in north Nottinghamshire, have been warned to stay clear of the 6ft tall male rhea and told to call 999 immediately with any sightings.

But owner Alex Macdonald said that despite police officers turning out earlier this week with shotguns and rifles to look for the unnamed bird, he thinks it must have been stolen.

Mr Macdonald said that even though the missing rhea is a male, he is sitting on eggs at the moment and it is unlikely he would stray far.

Today, the bird's female partner was pacing the field they share looking for her mate.

"They used to play a lot running around the fields and stuff and she's not doing that at the minute. She's just getting over the fact she's on her own now," Mr Macdonald said.

"It's speculation but I think it's been taken. Nobody's reported it and it's something you would report if you saw it."


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