Dogs attacked as mob of birds run wild and pet owners told to ‘be vigilant’

Police have issued a weird warning to canine walkers in Hertfordshire after studies of a mob of untamed rheas attacking pets.

The birds, which look just like an ostrich however are smaller in dimension, have reportedly been attacking each canines and wild deer.

Residents have been left shocked by the looks of the feathered threats in Maple Cross and close to Rickmansworth.

The native police power has now warned folks keep vigilant because the rheas can turn out to be aggressive, studies HertsLive.

The birds – thought to quantity as many as 20 – have additionally been noticed alongside the M25, as effectively on housing estates.

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Rheas look just like an ostrich however are smaller in dimension

PC Christian Gottmann, from the Rickmansworth and District Safer Neighbourhood Workforce, mentioned the sightings have been “uncommon”.

“We need to reassure the general public that we’re working in partnership with the council, highways and our Rural Operational Help Workforce to give you a plan to seize and re-home the birds to an acceptable animal reserve,” he mentioned.

“Enquiries are ongoing however if you happen to suppose you might be able to assist with this, please get in contact with us.

“Within the meantime, we’d advise the general public to not strategy these animals as they’re very quick, very similar to their bigger counterparts, and might be aggressive if cornered.

“Sadly we’ve acquired studies of them attacking canines and deer, so we ask that canine homeowners are vigilant when out strolling.”

For anybody who may assist with rehoming the birds, PC Gottmann might be contacted at

Data will also be reported on-line at, or by calling the non-emergency quantity 101.

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