In a flap! Escaped ostrich caught by police

By Megan Archer | South Staffordshire | News | Published: | Last Updated:

First it was Holly the wallaby who escaped and roamed fields and even a Sainsbury's car park.

Police hopped to it to re-capture the ostrich. Picture: South Staffs Police

And now an ostrich caught police on the hop after being spotted at large.

Rather than being in a flap, police managed to help calm their new-found feathered friend last night.

South Staffordshire Police were called to help safely capture the animal after a brief chase.

The ostrich was safely caught. Picture: South Staffs Police

It is not yet known where the ostrich escaped from when it was seen in Wombourne.

Police 'tweeted' from the scene saying: "Well last year we had the Wombourne Wallaby tonight we have the Wombourne Rhea (Ostritch) every day is certainly different.

"After a brief foot chase offender at large re captured Shift 1 NPT and the sarge [Sergeant] are now going back to Wombourne to re-compose themselves."


Last year a wallaby evaded zoo officials for more than two weeks before being caught.

The animal, known as Holly, escaped from WILD Zoological Park in Bobbington on August 14.

Holly back at the zoological park

The animal has been re-captured - after being injured in a nearby road in a glancing blow by a van.

Holly has a scrape under her right ear where the van clipped her.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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