Russian city offers reward for capture of rare albino ostrich
Authorities in the Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on Tuesday offered a reward to anyone able to help capture a rare albino ostrich, which has been on the loose for more than a day, dpa reported.
"We don't even have any idea where this rare ostrich could have run off to," said Vasily Kolos, a spokesman for the circus from which the bird escaped.
"It can really move fast ... it could already be outside the city," Kolos was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the provincial capital of Kamchatka region, a mostly wild and mountainous territory on the country's Pacific coast.
The circus management would pay the equivalent of 740 dollars for information leading to the safe return of the bird, Kolos said.
"Lots of people are calling us, but we can't get a clear idea of the location," he said. "The main thing is that people not approach it and try and catch it themselves, an ostrich is a very aggressive and stupid bird."
One of the star attractions of the traveling circus Anastasia, the albino ostrich evaded its handlers and escaped into a residential district of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky early Monday.