Dog walker encounters six foot bird in the Forest of Dean

A dog walker has had a surprise encounter with a six foot bird in the Forest of Dean.

It's hard to tell who was more shocked on their walk, Jason Burford from Cinderford or his dog Molly, when the pair turned the corner to find the big bird.

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The bird - a South American Rhea - is likely to have escaped from a local collection according to an animal expert.

48-year-old Jason Burford says he and dog Molly weren't worried by the sight of the imposing avian in the area near Drybrook.

Molly the dog was well behaved and kept a safe distance from the bird.

I hadn't been there for years but I went on a whim as I used to live there.

Jason Burford

The Rhea has been reported to the RSPCA.

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