Giant birds running wild in Germany

Six Nandus escaped from a farm in Germany eight years ago and began to breed in the wild. The Nandu is also known as the Rhea and stands five feet or taller and weighs 70 lbs or more. They are native to South America and are sometimes referred to as the American Ostrich.

The group of at least 30 feral birds is breeding in a nature reserve south of Luebeck. There is little doubt they are having an adverse affect on native wildlife, but as of now it is illegal to shoot or hunt them. The flightless birds are expanding their range towards the east. Read more here.

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One Response to Giant birds running wild in Germany

  1. We enjoyed your website and wanted to share a link you might enjoy:
    It shows a short video and describes a book that chronicles the account of a rhea chick which has ended up living in our home (at least sleeping in it at night) even though he is now 6 feet tall, he is now a “big” part of our family and we share the many facts that we have learned along the way.

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