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Jan 5, 2015 7:53 AM

Escaped emu turns motorists' heads running on Israel roadway

The Associated Press

HERZLIYA, Israel (AP) Israeli traffic this weekend was really for the birds.

In the central Israeli town of Herzliya near Tel Aviv, an escaped emu ran through traffic Sunday on a main road between cars in the rain. Local authorities say the bird escaped from a private farm.

Passer-by Iliya Zelser filmed the bird's run. He says the experience made him feel like he was in a cartoon.

Zelser says he expected to hear the "beep beep" of the cartoon Road Runner.

The 27 year old told The Associated Press: "I said to myself in a second, a coyote will appear from behind. This was a really absurd situation."

Dorit Basman, the spokeswoman for the town of Herzliya, says authorities caught the emu Sunday and safely returned it to its owner.


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