The 19-year-old teenager is charged with cruelty to animals after unsettling footage shows him grabbing an emu by the neck and tearing feathers from his body.
- A 19-year-old man was charged with alleged cruelty to an emu
- Disturbing footage surfaced this week when a man grabbed an emu by the neck
- A woman can be heard laughing as the man holds the bird and he fights
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A teenager who allegedly tried to ride an injured emu after violently tearing feathers when friends laughed in the background was charged with cruelty to animals.
Police opened an investigation after the disruptive footage surfaced on Facebook this week.
The incident is believed to have taken place in Coonamble, rural New South Wales, on Sunday evening.
A man was indicted after online shots of a desperate emus grabbed by the neck
The 19-year-old was arrested in a house in Dubbo on Wednesday before being accused of being ruthlessly beating and causing long suffering to the animal.
He received a conditional bail to appear before the Dubbo District Court on July 22.
You see a man in blue holding a bird by the neck while trying to escape.
Then you hear a woman say: "This is going to be fun like F ** k."
Hundreds of feathers fall to the ground as the man lifts the flightless bird.
"It can't stand, brother," you can hear the woman say.
The emu was trapped in a wire fence when the group tried to save him, but when he was free, the alleged agony began
Another male helps the man pull the emu to the head and neck before the bird jumps up.
As the bird tries to escape, the man quickly jumps on his back.
After not riding the creature, the man tears a handful of feathers from his back and happily throws the feathers up in the air as his friends laugh hysterically.
The back of the emus is almost completely bald when the man decides to stop.