Householder makes rhea-lly surprising discovery

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IT’S usually found in South America.

But this rhea was discovered in the front garden not far from Portsmouth.

The white rhea – a smaller cousin of the ostrich – is thought to have escaped from a private collection.

Christened Snowflake, it was found in North Boarhunt.

The bird is now being looked after at Sparsholt College’s Animal Management Centre.

Centre manager Chris Mitchell said: ‘Working with animals, we’re accustomed to unusual conversations involving out of the ordinary situations.

‘However it did catch me slightly off guard when we had a call from the Hampshire police control room declaring that there was a large bird in a front garden in North Boarhunt and could the college assist.’

Hampshire Fire and Rescue also helped rescue the wayward bird.

Rhea’s are classed as ‘near threatened’ in South America, and the college is now trying to find Snowflake’s owners.