AFTER a four-day hunt, Aaron the ostrich-type bird that had escaped from its enclosure near Truro has been found safe and well.
Aaron, a two-year-old rhea which is the South American cousin of the ostrich, was found by a passing policeman in a bush between Tregony and Ruan Lanihorne yesterday.
Upon seeing the officer, who out of his car to approach the flightless bird, Aaron made off over a small river and into a near-by field.
He had escaped from his home in Tregony on Monday after being startled and hopping over the fence of his enclosure.
Rose May, who owns the rhea, says Aaron has been penned in but he has to get used to his new environment before he can be transported. She said: “The policeman stopped his car, and went to have a look, and the bird was so scared that he leapt and waded across a very deep stretch of the River Fal.
“It turns out that this was a real stroke of luck - for me, and not for Aaron's freedom. This field is about sixty acres, and well stock fenced, except on the riverside. He is very content and is roaming the marshland that used to be the riverbed of the Fal before it silted up.
“I spent all of yesterday building him a forty metre circular trap in his favourite spot and he slept there. I fed him at dusk. Now it's a case of getting him used to the trap. He should be brought out by tractor and trailer in the coming week.
“From there he’ll go to his new home in Penzance.”
Rose thanked all those who involved in the hunt.
Police launched a three unit team to search for Aaron on Monday, but they were stood down a few hours later.
A passer-by spotted Aaron on the same day and claimed he had been “aggressive.” But Rose said the young rhea would have been terrified and is usually docile.