February 9, 2009
Big bird wreaks havoc after farm escape
A 6-foot-tall South American bird, a rhea, destroyed several gardens in the English county of Worcestershire after escaping from a farm, the bird's owner says.
Sharon Gould, who owns the large rhea bird, said the animal escaped Gouldise Poultry farm by scaling a 3-foot-high fence and soon was on a 7-hour spree of destruction in the area, The Daily Telegraph said Monday.
We think he got spooked by a dog and jumped out of his pen and made off across the fields,Gould said of the recent escape by the bird named Charlie.
After destroying several gardens and hedges with a three-mile radius of the farm, the rhea was eventually captured by 12 area residents armed with sticks and blankets.
The animal's capture was a relief for Gould, who admitted having problems locating the oversized bird.
They looked at me like I was a bit mad, Gould told the Telegraph, referring to her requests for help in finding Charlie.
But then I heard he'd caused quite a commotion in people's back gardens and was being treated at the vets.