Alleged emu killer charged with animal cruelty

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Victoria Police have arrested and charged the 20-year-old man allegedly responsible for deliberately running over emus in rural Victoria.

The ostrich-like Emu is native to Australia. Animal welfare groups have described the viral video as "horrific".

Up to 13 emus can be seen being mown down by the auto as they run for their lives in the video.

In the video, the driver is heard cheering as he strikes the birds on a dirt road with his vehicle.

"I don't really want to go outside when I get back home, because my auto stands out and a lot of people are going to know it's me".

The 40-second clip shows the man hit at least a dozen emus, with the birds disappearing under the front of his four-wheel-drive, before he turns the camera around and films himself laughing uncontrollably.

Police there said the alleged the incident occurred between September 1 and Thursday this week in Cowangie.

The video appeared on social media on Wednesday evening and has since been widely shared by horrified members of the public.

The man is due to face Ouyen Court on November 9.

The farmhand was questioned near the South Australian border and later charged with causing cruelty to an animal, destruction of protected wildlife and traffic offences.

Two men who resemble the driver from the video have been inundated with abuse on social media.

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