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Thursday 17 January 2019

Man arrested after online video shows emus being killed by a car

Animal welfare groups had called for the culprit to be traced.

File picture of an emu (Martin Rickett/PA)
File picture of an emu (Martin Rickett/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Police in Australia have arrested a man accused of deliberately killing several emu with his car on a rural road and then posting a video of it online.

Police in the state of Victoria said the 20-year-old man faces several charges of animal cruelty, destruction of protected wildlife and traffic violations.

In the video, a man with a moustache can be seen laughing as he drives into each bird.

An animal welfare group had issued a nationwide appeal for help in finding the man.

Police said the emu killings occurred this month in northwestern Victoria.

The suspect is to appear in court on November 9.

Emu are flightless running birds native to Australia that are the second-largest living birds by height after ostriches.

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