A road-running emu was snared after making a dramatic bid for freedom
Giant bird was spotted sprinting along road by police officer in Whepstead
Police received a flurry of calls from concerned members of the public
It startled numerous motorists as it ran 20 miles around the countryside
PUBLISHED: 23:37, 3 August 2016 | UPDATED: 04:17, 4 August 2016
A road-running emu travelling at nearly 30mph through the Suffolk countryside was snared yesterday after staging a dramatic bid for freedom.
The giant bird - which is can serious injuries with its talons and is inferior in size only to the ostrich - had been spotted sprinting along a road by a police officer in Whepstead at around 7.15am.
Police subsequently received a flurry of calls from members of the public describing the omnivorous creature variously as an ostrich, a rhea and an emu.
The giant bird had been spotted sprinting along a road by a police officer in Whepstead at around 7.15am. Pictured, the emu after it was caught in a yard in Glemsfrod, Suffolk
The flightless bird, which is around 5ft 11ins tall, went on the run after apparently being spooked by a fox and jumping over its 4ft high paddock fence.
But the 15-month-old male bird startled numerous motorists as it ran for about 20 miles around country lanes and fields before being finally captured.
The emu, which is one of six owned by retired farmer Bernard King, disappeared on Tuesday night from his land near Bury St Edmunds.