Warning over 'aggressive' six-foot rhea on the loose in Nottinghamshire

The bird, similar to the one pictured, has been missing since Monday or Tuesday Credit: PA

Police in Nottinghamshire have warned locals not to approach an escaped six-foot rhea that has been on the loose in the county for days and could be "aggressive".

Officers were called just after 5pm on Tuesday evening to a report that the fully grown rhea – a six-foot tall flightless bird native to South America – was missing from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop.

The ostrich-like bird may have escaped between 5pm on Monday 22 June and 12pm on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

The bird, similar to the one pictured, has been missing since Tuesday Credit: PA

We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in. Officers are working with the owner to trace the bird as we look to bring his incident to a safe conclusion.

Inspector Paul Peatfield from Nottinghamshire Police