Ostrich-like bird on loose in western Pennsylvania

3/29/2013 7:45 AM
By Associated Press

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) — Police in one western Pennsylvania township have been on the lookout for an ostrich-like bird known as a rhea that recently escaped from its farm.

Beaver County farm owner Liz Low says the birds are docile and that the missing animal apparently got free by jumping a fence earlier this week.

North Sewickley Township police tell The Associated Press the bird — believed to be about 5 feet tall and 80 pounds — remained at large Friday morning. It's been spotted frequently in some woods along Route 65.

Police called the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for advice on rustling the bird and were told to contact the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Police say a special animal recovery team from neighboring Allegheny County might be brought in to help.

The township is about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.


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