Rhea on the run sparks police appeal for help
Police yesterday spent two hours searching Cornish back roads for an "aggressive" four feet tall bird on the loose.
The rhea, which is similar to an ostrich, was spotted by a motorist after it escaped from an enclosure on the Roseland peninsula.
However, within two hours police stepped down the search saying that the bird was probably more frightened of people than they were of it.
Inspector Mark Richards from Truro police said anyone who did spot the bird should get in touch with police – who would contact the owner – rather than trying to capture it themselves.
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He said it had been 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," said Insp Richards.
The rhea is a large, flightless bird, around 4 feet tall. It resembles an ostrich, although they come from different parts of the world with the rhea native to South America while the ostrich is native to Africa.