A giant emu rampaged through a village after fleeing a farm – because he was being bullied by other birds.
The flightless fugitive was first spotted by members of a local sewing circle running around Combe Florey near Taunton in Somerset.
Stunned residents watched as the emu ran amok, racing across gardens and even running over a parked car in the village, which was once home to author Evelyn Waugh.
Police eventually ushered the emu into a garden where he was contained while they rang his owner, a local farmer.
Officers then had to stand guard all night so it didn’t escape before the owner arrived from his farm and took the emu home.
He explained to bemused locals the bird had done a runner because he was being picked on by some of his other emus.
Resident Jill Marshall, 51, said: “The emu came from the next village over – a distance of several miles. When the farmer came to collect him, he said that the other emus had been bullying him and that’s why he ran away.
“The farmer was going to put him in another pen when they got back to the farm, so I hope he’s happy now.”
Emus can delivering a nasty kick similar to a horse and are classified as a dangerous animal under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.