Escaped ‘emu’ caught by RSPCA

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A large escaped bird, similar to an emu, that caused ‘havoc’ on Doncaster’s roads this afternoon has now been caught by the RSPCA.

The young rhea bird, which was initially thought to be an emu, escaped earlier today and was spotted running across Melton Road, High Melton.

Rheas can reach a speed of 40mph, and the ‘shy’ bird caused disruption for many motorists travelling on Melton Road this afternoon.

The identity of the bird’s owner is not yet known.

RSPCA spokesman, Andy Robbins, confirmed the bird had not been injured, and is now in ‘temporary accommodation’ with the RSPCA.

He said: “RSPCA officers, along with a local resident, were able to locate and catch the bird.”

“Rheas are usually quite shy, and it was probably quite scared when it found itself on a road with cars travelling up to the national speed limit”

“They can be very fast, running up to speeds of 40mph, so I think it caused havoc on the single lane road this afternoon.”

The RSPCA is appealing for help from the public to locate the bird’s owner.

Anyone with information should contact Inspector Jo Taylor on 0300 123 8018.

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