Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Hunt for thieves who stole bird

Pc Fiona Wilson warned the rhea could be dangerous to anyone who does not know how to handle it correctly

Police are hunting thieves who stole a large bird.

They struck at a poultry farm in Charminster, Dorset making off with the male rhea, which is similar to an ostrich.

The flightless animal, which had been kept in a secure pen at Dorset Poultry, has grey plumage and long legs and neck.

Dorset Police said the theft happened sometime between 8.30pm on July 12 and 8.30am on July 13.

Pc Fiona Wilson warned the rhea could be dangerous to anyone who does not know how to handle it correctly.

"The owner of the fowl believes that the crime may have been committed late in the night," she said.

"I urge anyone who witnessed this incident take place, saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time, or may have information about those responsible to contact Dorset Police in confidence.

"The owner naturally would like the animal returned but is also worried that this large bird could be a danger to anyone who does not know how to handle it correctly."

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