The hunt for a runaway 6ft bird capable of disembowelling a man with a flick of its six inch claws is centred on a Home Counties golf course. The rhea, which is on the loose after escaping from its farm enclosure, has been spotted roaming the greens and fairways of the Barkway Park Golf Club, in north Hertfordshire. The South American bird – nicknamed Chris, after the Road to Hell singer, Chris Rea – has been missing for the past month after being spooked by a passing hunt at its enclosure in Brent Pelham, around five miles from the course.
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a golfer (note the bag of golf clubs and the trophies) preparing to carve the roasted rhea bird. He tells his dinner companions, "I shouted 'Fore!" but it was too late."
We are meant to assume that the golfer accidentally killed the rhea bird with a golf ball. "Fore!" is what golfers shout to warn other golfers or members of the public when they are about to hit the golf ball.
"Fore!", originally a Scots interjection, is used to warn anyone standing or moving in the flight of a golf ball. The mention of the term in an 1881 British Golf Museum indicates that the term was in use at least as early as that period. The term means "look ahead", and it is believed to come from the military "beware before", which an artilleryman about to fire would yell alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells overhead. [Source: Wikipedia]