By Nick Enoch for MailOnline
Published: 11:38 BST, 11 August 2020 | Updated: 11:42 BST, 11 August 2020
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
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 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'
There have also been reports of gangs of local youths pelting the terrified bird with stones.
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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