'Road Runner' on the loose on the A21

Escaped emu spotted sprinting down road by motorist

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'Road Runner' on the loose on the A21

Meep meep! A motorist captured the moment a real life 'Road Runner' was spotted happily sprinting down the A21 near Robertsbridge, East Sussex.

Sean Loram, 42, said he slowed down when he saw other motorists switch on their hazard lights, reports the Express.

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Speaking to the Courier, where he works in sales, Mr Loram said: "This thing was jogging along merrily without a care in the world. It didn't appear nervous at all. Drivers were slowing down. I just don't know where it could have come from around here.

"It was at least 5ft tall. I couldn't believe my eyes. It's not the sort of thing you see on the A21 on your way to your patch. I was stationary, so I took this picture."

The bird was actually from a nearby farm.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a Sussex Police spokesman said: "The bird had been running along the main road but did not cause any accidents.

"It was found in an adjacent field and its owner, from a nearby farm, came to retrieve him."

The emu is the largest bird native to Australia, and the second-largest living bird in the world by height, after its relative, the ostrich.

The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 1.9 metres (6.2 ft) in height.

Emus use their strongly clawed feet as a defence mechanism - their legs are among the strongest of any animal, allowing them to rip metal wire fences.

They can live between 10 and 20 years and, in the wild, are preyed on by dingos, eagles and hawks.

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