Animal rights activists of a Spanish town are outraged after an emu on the loose collapsed and died due to sheer exhaustion during chase by police this week.
The flightless bird running in panic through the busy streets of Sant Cugat del Vallès north of Barcelona followed by officers on motor cycles surprised commuters on Wednesday evening. The chase went on for more than a mile when police finally caught and held down the exhausted bird at a street corner. But within moments, it died.
Animal rights groups Plataforma Animalista and Animalist Party against Mistreatment of Animals have denounced the police chase that led to the death of the bird. They wanted to know where the bird came from and who its owner was.
They also demanded proper training for officers to handle such situations without any loss of lives.
The incident comes barely a month after a man was arrested in Australia over a shocking video in which he screams the number of the dead as he goes on knocking down emus one by one using his motor vehicle on a dirt road in Victoria.
In 2013, an emu that escaped from a Long Island home in Suffolk County in New York was drowned after falling into a canal during a police chase.
Emu is the second-largest bird after ostrich. It has strong legs and can run up to 30 miles per hour.