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Suffolk emu which gave owner and police the runaround found in Glemsford garden

PUBLISHED: 08:29 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:33 03 August 2016

An emu

An emu

An emu which is believed to have travelled around 12 miles across Suffolk today has been found in a back garden in Glemsford, police say.

Officers were called at around 7.15am to reports of a loose bird on the B1066 near the west Suffolk village, and a second report suggested it had been seen on the A143 near Chedburgh.

From there, it is thought the emu travelled through the Suffolk villages of Wickhambrook, Somerton and Boxted before being spotted in a field in Fenstead End at around 9.30am.

It was secured in a garden in Glemsford at around 11.55am – more than two hours later.

Police confirmed the bird is an emu at around 8.30am today, after being contacted by its owner, Bernard King.

Bewildered callers had described it as an ostrich, rhea and an emu in reports to officers this morning.

The bird is now in the process of being returned to Mr King.

Take a look at our map above to see where the emu was spotted on its journey. All locations and distances are approximate.

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