Thursday, 24 May 2012

Big bird on loose at Bryn Meadows golf course, Maesycwmer

A big bird - which could be an emu or a rhea - has been found roaming a south Wales valleys golf course, but where it has come from is a mystery.

It was spotted by members on the fairway at Bryn Meadows at Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly, on Sunday.

Attempts by an RSPCA officer in a golf buggy to recapture the bird failed when it kicked out.

People have been feeding it sandwiches, but the RSPCA warned against approaching it.

Initially the bird was thought to be an emu, which is native to Australia and second in size only to the ostrich among birds.

But the RSPCA said later that it was not sure whether it is a rhea, which is of south American origin.

It wants anyone who knows where this bird is from to get in touch.

RSPCA officer Sophie Daniels attempted to grab the bird after being driven along the greens in a golf buggy at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa.

She said she could hardly believe her eyes when she spotted it.

"The bird came over to feed from me but as soon as I tried to capture her, she kicked so hard I had to let her go."

Further attempts to capture it will be made later on Monday

The RSPCA said it hoped the animal health department of Caerphilly council would take on responsibility for dealing with the bird.

It is not yet known where the bird has come from but the RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information to call 0300 1234999.

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