Police have issued a warning after a large ostrich-like bird was reported missing near Worksop this afternoon (Tuesday 23 June 2015).
Officers were called just after 5pm this evening to a report of the rhea – a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America – being reported missing from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop.
The bird is understood to have gone missing between 5pm on Monday 22 June and 12pm on Tuesday 23 June 2015.
Inspector Paul Peatfield from Nottinghamshire Police said: “We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in.
“Officers are working with the owner to trace the bird as we look to bring his incident to a safe conclusion.
“If anyone sees this bird, please call 999 immediately, quoting incident number 601 of Tuesday 23 June.”
There have been no reported sightings of the bird before 8pm this evening (Tuesday 23 June 2015).