Police are searching for a runaway emu

Police are searching for a runaway emu which has escaped in the town of Wheateley, five miles east of Oxford.

Police are searching for a runaway emu

Police are searching for a runaway emu.

The feathered creature escaped from a residence in Wheatley, five miles east of Oxford, with Thames Valley Police appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information about its location.

A tweet from the force read: "EMU Missing from the Wheatley Area, any sightings please call 101 #RodHull PCSO Dollery".

The large bird - endemic to Australia - is not the first to go missing in the UK though, as a similar incident happened in 2012 in Barnstaple, North Devon.

At the time, two officers found the bird "in a state of panic" after it was spotted running through the town centre and trying to get into people's houses.

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