Emu goes on the run in Sheffield suburb

Emu loose on the streets of Beighton
Emu loose on the streets of Beighton
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Police helped reunited an emu with its owner today - after it was found wandering around a Sheffield suburb.

The bird was spotted by residents on Woodhouse Lane, Beighton, as they were getting ready for work and school.

Officers called to the scene rang local farms and animal attractions in a bid to trace the owner and used Twitter to ask for help.

Mum-of-four Tilly Newton, aged 44, of Woodhouse Lane, said she looked outside to see the emu in her neighbour’s garden.

“I looked outside this morning and saw the emu in my neighbour’s garden and him filming it,” she said.

“It was really bizarre to say the least.

“The police were there and were waiting for the RSPCA to arrive but nobody knew who the emu belonged to at the time.

“I was shocked at one point when I came out to take a picture myself, turned round and it was right there peeking into my house.

“It’s not the kind of thing you see every day in Beighton.”

Inspector Jason Booth, of South Yorkshire Police, said officers contained the emu - nicknamed Eddie - in a garden while officers attempted to trace the owner.

A Beighton man with a smallholding was eventually identified as the owner and arrived with a horse box to retrieve the bird.

“You couldn’t make it up, who would have thought we would have been dealing with a mystery emu today when we turned up for work,” said the police officer.

“We started ringing local farms and people with smallholdings in the area and eventually found the owner.

“He had only recently taken possession of it from a friend who could no longer look after it.

“It was quite early when it was reported to us so I don’t think he had realised it was missing but he came with a horse box and took it back.”