Saturday 18 November 2017

Lovebirds reunited as fugitive emu Monty gets back together with Mathilda

Anne-Marie Kirby, left, holds Mathilda and RSPCA animal welfare officer Jane Folly holds Monty the emu after the two lovebirds were reunited (RSPCA/PA)
Anne-Marie Kirby, left, holds Mathilda and RSPCA animal welfare officer Jane Folly holds Monty the emu after the two lovebirds were reunited (RSPCA/PA)
Monty the emu is back together with his favourite bird Mathilda (RSPCA/PA)

A lost emu has been reunited with his owner and girlfriend.

The bird, nicknamed Eric, was found wandering up a farm driveway in Kirtling near Newmarket, Suffolk, on Saturday evening.

Frankie Dettori rushed to the scene believing it was his pet. But on arrival the Italian jockey realised it was too small to be his bird.

Now the RSPCA has said the owner, who lived nearby, has come forward.

The emu's real name is Monty and he has a girlfriend called Mathilda who was pining for him, the charity said.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "Something spooked him on the Saturday morning and caused him to escape."

The owner, Anne-Marie Kirby, said she was relieved to have him back.

Press Association

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