Ethel the emu is still on the run in Doncaster

Have you seen Ethel? Hunt is on to find fugitive 6ft emu on the loose in Doncaster who has been spotted 12 times in six days since escaping her home but sprints off at 30mph before she can be caught 'Timid' pet native to Australia is believed to have escaped from her owner's home in Sprotbrough on August 6 When police spotted her near her home on Thursday, she ran off: emus can reach speeds of up to 30mph Bird also seen at Newlands Park and on Trans Pennine Trail near Cusworth - before heading east to Dunscroft Ethel's owner says her pet is 'so scared'; also reports of gangs of youths pelting the bird with stones **Have you seen Ethel on the run? Please email [email protected] or [email protected]** 

By Nick Enoch for MailOnline

Published: 11:38 BST, 11 August 2020 | Updated: 11:42 BST, 11 August 2020

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A six-foot tall emu named Ethel has been on the run for six days now after managing to elude the police and RSPCA.

The 'timid' bird native to Australia fled her home in Donaster, South Yorkshire, last Thursday after being spooked by passers-by taking her photograph.

She has since been sighted on more than a dozen occasions in parks across the area - including near her home in Sprotbrough, and by the Trans-Pennine Trail at Cusworth - but has so far avoided capture.

On the day of her escape, on August 6, Ethel was spotted by police near her home but ran away the moment she saw the officers.

Ethel was easily able to outpace her captors as emus can run up to 30mph. 

A six-foot tall emu named Ethel has been on the run for six days now after managing to elude the police and RSPCA

A six-foot tall emu named Ethel has been on the run for six days now after managing to elude the police and RSPCA

Ethel the emu is the talk of south Yorkshire after being spotted by locals roaming around south Doncaster for five days now. She is seen above in Sprotbrough - near her owner's home - after evading capture last week

Ethel the emu is the talk of south Yorkshire after being spotted by locals roaming around south Doncaster for five days now. She is seen above in Sprotbrough - near her owner's home - after evading capture last week

Ethel's owner, Kerry Dobson, says the bird is a much loved family pet and is appealing for the public's help to get her home

Ethel's owner, Kerry Dobson, says the bird is a much loved family pet and is appealing for the public's help to get her home

Ethel sighted in Sprotbrough last week. The long-limbed bird has managed to evade concerned locals and the authorities so far. Emus can run at speeds of more than 30mph, making them difficult to capture

Ethel sighted in Sprotbrough last week. The long-limbed bird has managed to evade concerned locals and the authorities so far. Emus can run at speeds of more than 30mph, making them difficult to capture

Footage of Ethel on the loose in a field off Sprotbrough Road on August 7, taken by Rachael Walker. In video footage of this moment, Ms Walker can be heard saying, 'That's not normal'

Footage of Ethel on the loose in a field off Sprotbrough Road on August 7, taken by Rachael Walker. In video footage of this moment, Ms Walker can be heard saying, 'That's not normal'

There have also been reports of gangs of local youths pelting the terrified bird with stones.

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Emus are among the largest birds in the world. Primarily found in Australia, the species is also found in New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. 

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