Hertfordshire Police Warn Locals Not To Approach ‘Very Fast And Aggressive’ Rhea Birds

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Police have warned people not to approach a group of “very fast and aggressive” rheas running wildly through two sleepy villages.

Hertfordshire Constabulary told the public not to get close to the 20 ostrich-like birds in Maple Cross and Croxley Green.

The animals, which are 1.5 meters high and can reach up to 40 mph, have caused chaos in residential areas near the M25 for the past two weeks.

Officers have searched for the owner of the birds, but have now concluded that they are wild.

Hertfordshire Constabulary told members of the public not to get close to the 20 ostrich-like birds in Maple Cross and Croxley Green

Hertfordshire Constabulary told members of the public not to get close to the 20 ostrich-like birds in Maple Cross and Croxley Green

The animals, which are 1.5 meters high and can reach up to 40 mph, have caused chaos in residential areas near the M25 for the past two weeks.

The animals, which are 1.5 meters high and can reach up to 40 mph, have caused chaos in residential areas near the M25 for the past two weeks.

The animals, which are 1.5 meters high and can reach up to 40 mph, have caused chaos in residential areas near the M25 for the past two weeks.

PC Christian Gottmann, of Rickmansworth and District Safer Neighborhood Team, warned the public of the danger they pose.

He said: ‘We do not recommend that the public approach these animals because they are very fast, like their larger counterparts, and can be aggressive when cornered.

“Unfortunately, we have received reports of them attacking dogs and deer, so we ask dog owners to be vigilant while out walking.”

Reports earlier this week mentioned a bird entering Rickmansworth town center and knocking on the front door with its beak.

Harry Wicks, who works at CW Wildlife Rescue in Rickmansworth, said they were the ‘talk of the town’.

The 24-year-old said of one of them: “The bird is running around the villages.

“It’s been seen a lot, and a lot of times it’s even gone to one of those motion-sensing camera doorbells and hit the doorbell with its mouth before walking away.”

He said the bird has been spotted running along the roads through the villages and playing ‘chickens’ with the cars.

Officers have searched for the owner of the birds, but have now concluded that they are wild

Officers have searched for the owner of the birds, but have now concluded that they are wild

Officers have searched for the owner of the birds, but have now concluded that they are wild

He added: ‘The bird is also running around the roads, causing chaos for drivers. There aren’t a lot of options for us to try and catch as they run pretty fast.

“You could use a calming dart, but I certainly wouldn’t like catching one, because they have big claws.”

He added, “Someone is going to have to do something at some point as we are only a few miles from the M25 and if it got on the highway it would create chaos.”

Last weekend, locals set up a Facebook page for the giant bird called ‘Chris the Reah, a personal blog’ so people could add photos and sightings of the bird.

The bird is believed to have been around for about a year after escaping from a nearby farm, but it has only been sighted again in the past two weeks.

Writing on the Chris the Reah Facebook page, locals said they decided to call it Chris because it’s a ‘gender neutral name’ because they don’t know if it’s male or female.

The Facebook page warns locals, ‘Don’t try to catch Chris. He can run much faster than you at 60 km / h.

PC Christian Gottmann, of Rickmansworth and District Safer Neighborhood Team, warned the public of the danger they pose

PC Christian Gottmann, of Rickmansworth and District Safer Neighborhood Team, warned the public of the danger they pose

PC Christian Gottmann, of Rickmansworth and District Safer Neighborhood Team, warned the public of the danger they pose

‘He can attack you and do damage. He may look cute, but he comes with a warning. ‘

Daniela Mistretta posted a photo of the rhea walking in the middle of a residential road last Saturday.

She added, “It’s there pretty much every day, I have the pleasure of seeing it from my house, and it paid us a visit today on our way.”

On March 18, Amanda McLoughlin claimed to have seen the rhea for three days in a row.

She added: ‘On my morning dog walks this week in Maple Cross in the farm fields I saw this!

‘At first I thought it was an ostrich, but now I think it’s a rhea. It definitely can’t fly because my dog ​​tried to chase it! I’ve seen it three days in a row now. ‘

Callum Lee, from Rickmansworth, posted a photo of the rhea outside his home last Friday. He wrote: ‘Bloody neighbor !! Who Lost an Ostrich? ‘

Ed Doherty posted a photo of a rhea – which he thought was an ostrich – as it was about the intersection of a road. He wrote, “Did anyone lose an ostrich in Maple Cross?”