Ostrich on the loose - Police round up South American bird from garden

The unusual bird was spotted walking through gardens in Wakefield.

The unusual bird was spotted walking through gardens in Wakefield.

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Police were called to round up an unusual bird after it was spotted walking through gardens in Wakefield.

Officers from the Central neighbourhood police team were called to the Thornes area of the city yesterday but were sceptical about the report of an Ostrich on the loose.

The RSPCA said the bird was a  Rhea, a bird native to South America .

The RSPCA said the bird was a Rhea, a bird native to South America .

They called the RSPCA and they confirmed the bird was a Rhea, a bird native to South America and related to both the Ostrich and Emu family.

Officers later posted on Facebook: “We can now confirm the Rhea has been moved to a safe place and is very friendly. Not what you expect to be in the Wakefield area. GOTTA CATCH `EM ALL!”

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