Police had to apprehend an escaped emu that led its owners a merry dance through the streets of Ilfracombe. The flighty bird was first spotted by Jeol Farrell-Humphreys and friends on Tuesday week. They were driving past Ilfracombe Rugby Club near Hele when they spotted the erratic emu running beside them. It turned out the speedy bird had escaped from Larkstone Café and Leisure Park, owned by Christian and Laura Rice. Christian said the 12-month-old bird, one of six, had been scared by the fireworks: The emus were going mental and one jumped the fence and ran off. We had people calling and putting messages up saying the emu was here, there and everywhere. As they drove around hunting for their emu, the police called to say they had caught it at Hillsborough and two officers had been able to gently herd it back down to Larkstone. Christian said the birds could reach speeds of 40mph and had proved a big hit with the public, along with their other animals, which included donkeys and pygmy goats.