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Golden pheasant back with owners

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Morris, 56267

Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

SUPERIOR, Wis. - A Chinese golden pheasant captured by Superior Police Monday as it was wandering in a rail yard has been returned to its rightful owners.

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The brightly colored rooster was reunited Tuesday evening after being picked up by Debbie Waters, education director for Hawk Ridge Observatory in Duluth. The male has a bright golden head with iridescent blue and red feathers on its back.

"The guy said he heard a commotion in the coop and when he opened the door, the rooster flew over his head," Waters said. "They keep them as a hobby. As pets. They aren't going to eat it."

Some people expressed concern after Superior's last animal rescue, when the owner of a goat rescued at the city's water treatment plant said he planned to eat it for a holiday feast.

Waters added that she got the call to pick up the bird form Superior police as she was preparing dinner of ... you guessed it ... pheasant.

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The Duluth News Tribune and the Morris Sun Tribune are owned by Forum Communications Company.

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