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Man walking dog encounters 6-foot-tall bird

By
Ben Hooper

Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A man taking his dog for a walk in Britain captured video of his unexpected encounter with a 6-foot tall rhea bird.

Jason Burford, 48, said he was walking his border collie, Molly, in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England, when he turned a corner and spotted the large South American bird.

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"I just rounded the corner and there it was," Burford told ITV News. "The dog is good around other animals. But, for someone else, it could have been a shock. It could have done an untrained dog some damage. It's a funny story but it could have been nasty. I was just trying to get it off the track."

Burford said he reported the sighting to the RSPCA. A spokeswoman for the animal rescue group said it likely escaped from an owner nearby.

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