Rhea, there and everywhere! 5ft bird on loose
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