RSPCA capture ostrich-type bird near Doncaster

Rhea in Sprotbrough - image by Phil Lee
Rhea in Sprotbrough - image by Phil Lee

A roaming rhea which had been spotted on the loose near Doncaster has been caught by the RSPCA.

On Tuesday, South Yorkshire Police warned residents to be aware of an "ostrich-type bird" after it was spotted in the Sprotborough area.

Officers warned that the public should not approach the bird, which boasts six inch claws are well known for being strong and fast.

However, the BBC report that RSPCA Jo Taylor captured the rhea at Sprobrough Quarry yesterday.

Speaking to the BBC, Ms Taylor said the RSPCA have "no idea" who the rhea belongs to and have appealed for its owners to get in touch.

Before the rhea was captured, Dearne Valley Ramblers member Phil Lee managed to get a snap of it whilst out walking.