Rhea, there and ev­ery­where! 5ft bird on loose

Daily Mail - - News - By Glen Keogh and Ge­orge Odling

PO­LICE have a good de­scrip­tion of their sus­pect – around 5ft, a good sprinter and pack­ing a hefty kung-fu kick.

But hap­less of­fi­cers are be­ing given the runaround. Their quarry, Chris the es­caped rhea, has man­aged to stay out of cus­tody for six weeks.

The flight­less bird, dis­tantly re­lated to os­triches and emus, es­caped from a pri­vate sanc­tu­ary in Sonning Com­mon, near Hen­ley- on-Thames, Ox­ford­shire. He has been sighted sev­eral times, in­clud­ing on one sur­prised res­i­dent’s drive­way, while a video shows him caus­ing traf­fic chaos.

At­tempts to re­cap­ture Chris, who can run at 40mph, have been likened to scenes in the com­edy film Hot Fuzz, where po­lice try to catch a rene­gade swan. One Thames Val­ley of­fi­cer tweeted a pic­ture of the bird – named af­ter singer Chris Rea – yes­ter­day with the cap­tion: ‘This fella on the loose caus­ing a few road is­sues in Sonning Com­mon. When we ap­proached him he gave it the legs!’

Owner Tony Her­ring said: ‘He has run off a few times over the years but we’ve al­ways got him back. He’s re­ally given us the runaround this time.

‘He’s wan­dered right down the high street. He won’t at­tack any­one but he might panic if he’s cor­nered and can de­liver a real kung-fu kick.’

Ruf­fling a few feath­ers: Chris the run­away rhea on a drive­way

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