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  • 10 May 2014, 13:12

Runaway Rhea 'Shot Dead By Gamekeeper'

A runaway rhea called Chris who has been wandering around the countryside for more than a month has been shot dead, it has been reported.

The ostrich-like animal had become a common sight in the area surrounding Barkway Park Golf Club near Royston in Hertfordshire.

The female, who came from South America, escaped from the home of owner Joanna Clark, who gave up hope of getting her back.

Members of the public were warned not to approach the giant-clawed animal, which can reach speeds of 40mph.

The 6ft-tall bird met its end at the hands of a local gamekeeper, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Inspector Paul David of HertfordshirePolice told the paper he was "amazed" Chris had survived for so long.

"It would have been a real problem if it had wandered into the road and posed a traffic hazard," he said.

"We will have to notify the owner that the bird has been killed."

A HertfordshirePolice spokeswoman has told Sky News the force is aware of the reports and is investigating.

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