28 October, 2020
Run-off with Emu and Roo the day
TWO LADS driving through Longreach between 10pm and 11.30pm Friday of last week took a liking to the barbed wire emus on the eastern approaches to the town.
Apparently handy on the tools, the 20-year-old from New South Wales and a 19-year-old from Cloncurry unbolted one from its rock pedestal, loaded it in the back of their utility, and continued towards Ilfracombe.
Nature strikes back!
Karma prevailed as just 3km further on, a kangaroo appeared in the headlights, and the driver's efforts to avoid a collision caused the vehicle to roll several times.
Police said the emu sculpture sustained minor damage while both men sustrained minor bruising.
The offenders were charged with stealing and damaging the sculpture, and unlawful possession of a reflective traffic sign.
Both are due to appear in the Longreach Magistrates Court at a later date.