UPDATE at 4:45PM FRIDAY | A MAN who allegedly filmed himself laughing as he mowed down a flock of emus in his 4WD has been arrested and charged with tormenting and killing protected wildlife.
The man, identified as a 20-year-old local from the tiny Victorian town of Cowangie near the South Australia border, was arrested by Victoria Police this afternoon.
It comes after horrific mobile phone footage emerged on Wednesday, showing the man behind the wheel of a white 4WD hurtling down a dirt road at almost 120km/h, chasing after a flock of emus.
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The P-plate driver can be heard laughing and cheering in the video as he deliberately ploughs full speed into the terrified birds, counting as he mowed them down one-by-one.
Police have revealed the incident occurred on Pellaring Road at Cowangie sometime between 1-20 September.
The 20-year-old man is due to face Ouyen Court on November 9, charged with animal cruelty, animal torment and destruction of protected wildlife.
He’ll also face a number of traffic charges, including speeding and using a mobile phone while driving.
FIRST on THURSDAY | A NATIONWIDE search is underway for a man who filmed himself laughing hysterically while lining his 4WD ute up with a flock of emus and mowing them down on a dirt road somewhere in Australia.
The sickening footage shows the man behind the wheel of a white 4WD hurtling down a remote road at almost 120km/h, chasing after a flock of emus.
The man can be heard laughing and cheering as he ploughed full speed into the terrified birds, counting as he mowed them down one-by-one.
“F**king emus,” the man is heard shouting.
“One, two, three … this is f**king great. I’ve got that one too … and that one.”
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.
The disturbing video was uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, though it is unclear exactly when or where it was filmed.
The RSPCA has viewed the vision and vowed to track down the man responsible for the “barbaric” act.
“The RSPCA, like many members of the community, has today been shocked and horrified by footage released on social media, showing a man who appears to be deliberately running down a mob of emus in his car,” the RSPCA said in a statement.
“Such sickening cruelty clearly has no place in our society.
“The RSPCA unequivocally condemns this type of barbaric behaviour, as it clearly shows a disregard for the lives of these vulnerable native animals, and raises grave concerns over this individual’s capacity for such behaviour”
RSPCA inspectors are examining the footage to try and determine exactly where it was filmed.
Anyone who recognises the man in the video is urged to come forward and call the RSPCA or police on Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.