The Rochdale Observer reported on Wednesday 21st June that the Animals in Distress Sanctuary of Littleborough, Rochdale recently lost a relative of the emu. The '5 ft' rhea, which was donated to the charity and upon arrival, promptly leaped a six-foot fence on the property, before naffing off onto the moors.
Sanctuary manager Melanie Dunne attempted to catch the rhea with the help of her staff but all attempts have so far resulted in failure. They did find it on Blackstone Edge Rd after a tip-off, but it "shot off at about 20mph" before it could be apprehended.
Journalist Damon Wilkinson writes: 'It eats grass and will be able to survive on the moorland, but Melanie says she is eager to get it back.
'A number of sightings of the bird have been reported to the sanctuary, which takes in unwanted and abused pets and farm animals and is currently home to dozens of lizards, snakes, goats, sheep, horses, alpacas and [much to Jon Downes's no-doubt excitement, Lizzy's addendum] chickens, since its escape.'
If anyone in the area has seen the rhea, or has a quad-bike staff can borrow to give them a cat-in-hell's chance of keeping up with it, please call on 01706 371731.