A BIRD on the loose in southern Oxfordshire is causing havoc on the roads.

Police have put out a warning on social media about the ostrich-like bird called a rhea, which was spotted in Sonning Common this afternoon.

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The force warned of 'a few road issues' the bird was creating after trying to approach it before it fled across fields.

Police did see the funny side and compared their efforts to that of comedy film Hot Fuzz.

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The movie starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost shows the pair as police officers called to capture the escaped swans - with little luck.

The escaped bird is understood to come from the village of Wyfold, where large birds have escaped in the past.