Chris The Rhea bird 'thanks for making Maple Cross famous' – BBC News

Karen Fagioli

Folks dwelling on a housing property the place a rhea chook has been seen operating wild have mentioned “thanks for making it well-known”.

The chook, nicknamed Chris The Rhea, has been noticed in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire, since March 2020.

Police have mentioned about 20 of the flightless birds have been seen, however Karen Fagioli, 49, mentioned it’s only one.

She has created a Fb web page to share his antics, as he roams near the M25.

Rhea bird on a housing estate

Sian Janusz

“I don’t know the place he got here from, he simply appeared,” she mentioned.

He acquired his title from the singer Chris Rea and since it was “gender impartial”, as a result of till lately nobody knew its intercourse, she mentioned.

“We’re on the outskirts of Maple Cross, in fields there are a selection rhea birds owned by two farmers, which is the place Chris headed to.

“When he arrived, I do not assume he was sexually mature shall we embrace, and this time of 12 months is their breeding season and Chris has smelt one thing on the wind and headed this fashion”.

Hertfordshire Police had beforehand suggested the general public to not method the birds as they “may be aggressive if cornered”.

“Sadly we now have obtained studies of them attacking canine and deer, so we ask that canine house owners are vigilant when out strolling”, PC Christian Gottmann mentioned.

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Karen Fagioli

For the previous 12 months he has simply “roamed free and hasn’t brought on any bother”, Ms Fagioli claimed.

“He has grow to be a neighborhood superstar and everyone seems to be having fun with him.”

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She doesn’t know the place he will get his meals from however believes he’s good at foraging for seeds and bugs.

“Thanks for coming to Maple Cross and making it well-known.

“We love having him about, he is simply a part of the surroundings”.

Police confirmed officers are coping with the state of affairs and they’re liaising with Three Rivers District Council and Highways for the chook’s doable seize.

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Sian Janusz

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