September 21, 2018 11:02 am

Man arrested after video shows several emu run over with car

WARNING: Video contains disturbing content. Viewer discretion is advised. Authorities in Australia have arrested a man who allegedly recorded himself driving over a number of emus

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CANBERRA, Australia – Police in Australia say they 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 Victoria said Friday that the 20-year-old man faces several charges of animal cruelty, destruction of protected wildlife and traffic violations.

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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 Nov. 9.

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

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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