A RUNAWAY bird has been spotted running through fields in north Essex.

The bird, which is thought to be a Rhea, was spotted in fields off Landermere Road in Thorpe-le-Soken on Wednesday afternoon.

Gazette Camera Club member Jo Marshall captured a series of shots of the giant bird, who could have escaped from a nearby farm.


She said: "I was driving along and noticed something large moving through the crops in the field, managed to park the car and dashed back along the road to take a few photos."

North Essex is no stranger to a rhea-escape, with one bird, Colin, well-known for escaping his home in Great Horkesley.

Commuters on the A12 have even been delayed by one strolling along the carriageway.

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