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Escaped rhea filmed running across field near Brent Pulham

Footage of an escaped rhea running across a field has been filmed on the Essex/Hertfordshire border.

The ostrich-like bird, which can run at speeds of up to 40mph (60km/h), was believed to have escaped from a smallholding in the village of Brent Pelham last year.

Last May, another escaped rhea, from the same smallholding, was shot at Barkway Park Golf Club near Royston by a gamekeeper.

Hertfordshire Police said it was up to the owner to catch it and they would not get involved unless it was believed to present a danger to the public.

The bird's owner has told the BBC he did not believe the rhea posed any risk.

  • 13 Jan 2015