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‘Ostrich’ found grazing in Pleasington Cemetery
8:59am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
THIS bird rhea-ly went astray yesterday after being spotted taking a look at graves in a cemetery.
Lancashire Telegraph reader Chris Garnett sent in the picture after spotting the creature while attending a funeral at Pleasington Cemetery in Blackburn.
The flightless rhea – a bird similar to an ostrich – belongs to farmer Michael Greenwood, of Moorland Farm, Billinge End Road, Pleasington. Mr Greenwood, who owns more than 60 of the birds, said: “There is a footpath and people come round with their dogs.
“When they aren’t on a lead and start running around it upsets the rheas.
“That is when they go wandering as they don’t tend to stick together.”
Mr Greenwood rounded up a group of helpers and retrieved the bird yesterday evening.