Albino ostrich loose in Russia

2011-09-05 12:39
Moscow - Authorities in the Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky were searching on Monday for a rare albino ostrich that escaped from a circus.

Two birds made their escape during the early hours of the morning, and animal handlers caught one near its enclosure shortly after sunrise.

The second ostrich, the white-feathered albino, was thought to be somewhere in a central district of the Pacific coast port city.

Circus managers made an appeal to residents for help in tracking it down, Interfax reported.

"Ostriches after all can move at 70km/h, (by now) it could be in any city region," said Vasily Kolos, a circus spokesperson.

Travelling circuses are a popular family attraction in provincial Russian cities, particularly in summer months.

Circus operators often offer, along with a show, amusement park rides and cages containing exotic animals for public viewing.

The Kamchatka region is one of Russia's most wild territories.

Visits by brown bears and even wolves are not unheard of in remote Kamchatka villages, but a large animal on the loose inside the major city Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a rare occurrence.
- SAPA
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