A new partner has been found for a rare ostrich-like bird left widowed after her partner was shot last week.
Chris Ottoway found his male rhea after it had been shot in the leg.

Unfortunately, the poor animal had to be put down.

An owner of the same specie of bird, a grey male rhea in Buckinghamshire, has offered his rhea to owner Chris Ottaway.

The RSPCA and police are now investigating the incident. The RSPCA told us that the person/persons convicted of the shooting could face a sentence of six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000.

It is not the first time that rare breeds smallholding have been targeted, alas.
Mr Ottaway is now considering getting CCTV installed after this last ordeal.

But he is also very please and thankful for the offer of a new mate.

“It’s going to make a huge difference to the female,” he said.

She perks up a bit and most certainly is now a happy bird :)