Animal welfare officers in an Ayrshire village are warning people not to approach an escaped family of ostriches as the birds could be “extremely aggressive”.
There have been sightings of an adult ostrich confirmed in Patna, and it is believed to have young birds with it.
Staff from the Scottish SPCA said it was a mystery where the exotic birds had come from as no one in the local area appeared to have lost an ostrich.
Animal rescue officer Alistair Hill said: “It is unclear where the ostrich has come from but we think it may also have young with it.
“Anyone in the area who spots the ostrich or its young should call us as soon as possible on 03000 999 999 so we can keep an eye on where these birds are.
“We are warning members of the public not to approach the adult ostrich and to especially avoid approaching its young as ostriches can be very protective and can become extremely aggressive.”
Social media has been quick to react to the sighting of the unusual bird.