A & # 39; shy & # 39; Emu named Ethel is still on the run today after evading the RSPCA and police officers for more than five days.
The six-foot-tall bird – usually native to Australia – fled its home last Thursday after being startled by passers-by taking its picture.
The majestic bird has now been spotted more than a dozen times in parks across Doncaster, South Yorkshire, but has so far avoided capture.
Ethel the emu is the talk of South Yorkshire after being spotted by locals roaming South Doncaster for five days
Ethel's owner, Kerry Dobson, says the bird is a very beloved family pet and is appealing to the public to bring her home
The long-limbed bird has so far managed to avoid worried locals and the authorities. Emus can run at a speed of more than 30 miles per hour, which makes detection difficult. Emus can grow to be more than 6 feet tall
Ethel's owner says she is "scared" and "not used to being outside". The police and the RSPCA are still looking for the evasive creature. "It ran away from officials and then we couldn't find it," said a spokesman for the South Yorkshire Police
Upon approach, the bird – which can run at over 30 miles per hour – simply fled and outperformed its potential human abductors.
There were also reports of gangs of local youth throwing stones at the frightened bird.
Fast females: Emus' fast and nasty mating habits
Emus are among the largest birds in the world.
The species is mainly found in Australia and is also found in New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, and the Philippines.
They belong to the ratite family, which also includes ostriches, cassowaries, and rheas.
Emus' gray-brown feathers protect them from sunlight so they can survive in hot climates.
They also live in grasslands, savannas, and forests, and prefer areas with access to water.
These omnivores mate and nest over the Australian winter. It is known that women fight fiercely over unpaired males, and mating couples stay together for up to five months.
The male incubates the egg, while the female often takes off to find another mating partner within the season.
Source: National Geographic
Today, the bird's owner, Kerry Dobson, desperately appealed to bring her feathered buddy home after suddenly escaping her property in Doncaster.
Kerry, originally from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, said, "She's scared."
“It's been running since Thursday so could be anywhere.
“She got stones thrown at her and she's not used to being outside. She must be scared.
"I know all of the sightings on Thursday and Friday … I need to know about recent sightings on Saturday and Sunday."
Kerry added, “We are in contact with the police and the RSPCA but we have had no luck catching them. she just ran on (sic).
"They couldn't catch her, she was so scared that she just kept running."
Both the South Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA were bombarded with calls about the bird.
A police spokesman recently said, “Recent sightings indicated that it should return towards Sprotbrough, but we cannot confirm whether it has been reunited with its owner as it ran away from officials and we then couldn't find it.
"Nobody checked in on our post on social media to say they owned it."
A spokesman for the South Yorkshire Police told MailOnline on Monday that they had not received any reports of a sighting for several days.
At 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, police were made aware of an emu on York Road, Doncaster.
"The officers present tried to keep the bird safely in a nearby field, but the emu ran away at speed."
Meanwhile, an RSPCA spokesperson said, "We have advised that if it is in a confined area from which it cannot escape, we will try to catch it. So it sounds like it is still at the moment." is at large. "
It was later discovered in Newlands Park, Sprotbrough, and on the Trans Pennine Trail near Cusworth – before heading east towards Dunscroft.
Rod Bloor, who owns the land the emu lives on and who has owned emus in the past, said all humans just have to leave her alone and she will return home.
Mr Bloor said, “The reason she hasn't been there for so long is because people kept chasing her.
& # 39; Emus aren't stupid – she knows exactly where she lives – she's just scared of coming back because she's scared of being followed again.
“The reason it even worked was because people come down and take pictures and scream, they do all kinds of things – it makes them shy.
& # 39; Emus are not dangerous at all. If you are kind to her, she will be to you too.
"If people just leave her alone, she will return to my forests."
Mr Bloor stated that he believes he saw the emu about a mile from his home and hopes she will now return to their home.
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