By Sophie Norris
A driver caught the ‘Loony Tunes’ moment that a family of emus went on the run and caused traffic chaos yesterday [WEDS].
Geoff Owen, 55, had been driving through Meltham, West Yorkshire, when he spotted the mad birds as they raced down the road at around 15mph, weaving through cars.
Madcap footage shows the trio of dark brown emus showing no fear as they bring traffic to a standstill – with one even pulling a ‘strange face’ at Geoff as if to ask ‘what are you doing on my road?’
Geoff, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, said: “As I came around the corner, I saw these black heads floating in the air. I thought ‘what the hell is that?’
“I have no idea where they could have come from. There’s no zoos around the area.
“The fact there were three of them too, it’s not as if one could be an escaped pet.
“It was like Looney Tunes seeing them running down the hill.
“They were just running along unfazed by the cars as if they were desperate to beat the lunchtime rush for a sandwich.”
The emus, which are the second-largest living birds in the world, were so unfazed by the cars that Geoff claims cars were forced to sit for ‘at least three minutes’ while they ran loose between the lanes.
He even claims the Australian natives were ‘racing’ cars, as if to beat them to the sandwich shop.
Geoff said: “The adults were about 3ft-tall and quite substantially sized. It was quite a sight.
“They were racing down the hill into the town centre and the little one was struggling to keep up. It actually got left behind and I didn’t see it again.
“They were really striking with their big beaks. I’m glad I wasn’t a cyclist and had my car protect me – I wouldn’t fancy being pecked by those beaks.
“There was an HGV behind me and if I hadn’t been in front, I’m sure they would have met their end.
“You don’t expect to see that kind of thing on your way to work. When I got in, my colleagues couldn’t believe it.”
The boisterous birds were so sure of themselves they even stopped traffic before running off on to a nearby field, leaving their chick behind.
Geoff said: “The drivers on the other side of the road started flashing me telling me to slow down. I was expecting sheep in the road.
“There were two big ones and a smaller one, which I guessed was their baby. They were running around 15mph, so quite fast.
“As I caught up to them a bit, the traffic coming up the hill was forced to stop.
“When I stopped myself, one of them turned around and pulled a strange face at me as if to say ‘what are you doing on my road?’
“We were all sat there for at least three minutes while these birds ran around the road.
“They eventually waited outside a house on my left. I’m sure the people living in that house would have a surprise if they opened their door.”