in the Basque Country, the fate of a rhea in the hands of justice

It is for the administration the place of this representative of a “species reputed to be wild, classified as dangerous”. His longtime benefactor cannot hear him: “Why are we attacking Zaza? »

Whose is Zaza?

The procedure before the prosecutor’s delegate, an act of proximity and simplified justice, aims to resolve the dispute without bringing the facts to the bar of the court. It was not Jean Sallaberry, who was summoned to the Bayonne court, but Sylvain Chambert. The latter bought the La Ferme des 4 Chênes campsite from the former four years ago. And with it the Nandou who flourished there. He is the owner in the eyes of the OFB, when his agents take out the counterfoil book: he risks a fine of 2,000 euros for the bug.

Zaza is happy as a pope. I give him bread in the morning and in the evening. He’s waiting for my truck. And when I tell him ”Zaza, come on my man!”, he comes. And by far !

The conciliation in front of the delegate reduced the contredanse to 800 euros. “I refused to pay,” says Sylvain Chambert. He could avoid the sanction by agreeing to train for the reception of the animal “known to be wild”. “That means 50 hours of training, a month-long scene in a zoo, writing a memoir. I don’t have time, ”he sweeps away. Anyway, he says he no longer owns Zaza. “I was two years ago, during the findings of the OFB. I’m not anymore. »


Jean Sallaberry is 68 years old, 22 of them with Zaza in his landscape, in Urt. He attached himself to the bird.

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Jean Sallaberry points out that Sylvain Chabert signed a document to him to give him ownership of Zaza. Without knowing the legal value of the paper. Justice will certainly have to decide the question. But for Jean Sallaberry, the legal arguments do not change his conviction: “Zaza is happy as a pope. I give him bread in the morning and in the evening. He’s waiting for my truck. And when I tell him ”Zaza, come on my man!”, he comes. And by far ! »

42,000 signatories

Zaza is 22 years old, for a life expectancy of about 25 years. Jean doesn’t understand why people come looking for lice on this little old man “who may be dead before all this is settled”. He would almost hope so, Jean. He fears the stress of a possible transfer, “it could kill him”. He is not the only one who wants to “save Zaza”: an online petition covers 42,000 signatures. In the footsteps of the court, this Thursday, September 22, Christine, Françoise and Bénédicte inviting Jean. The three activists of “the animal cause” consider the situation “ridiculous”. “We have an animal that is good and doesn’t bother anyone…”

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