Police on the hunt for aggressive ostrich-type bird near Truro
POLICE are on the hunt for an “aggressive” ostrich-like bird currently on the loose in Tregony.
Three police units have been launched to search for a rhea which had escaped from its enclosure in Tregony near Truro.
Search teams were mobilised around 8.10am this morning.
The rhea is a large, flightless bird, around 4 feet tall. It was spotted by a passing motorist who told police it had been aggressive when approached.
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Inspector Mark Richards from Truro police said: “Anyone who spots the bird should contact us and we will put them in touch with the owner.
"We have had three police units out searching for the bird which was last seen on a stretch of road between Tregony and Ruanlanihorne.
"The owner has said it is not usually aggressive but a passing motorist said it had been when he saw it.
“I would urge caution is you spot it and just call it through to the police. Quote log reference 137 on October 22.”
Rhea and ostrich are both ratite birds that share similar characteristics. However they are usually found in different parts of the world. The rhea is native to South America while the ostrich is native to Africa.
If you spot the bird then contact Devon and Cornwall police by dialling 101.