An emu at a zoo in Australia ate a mum's £280 Tiffany after she got too close to the bird while taking a selfie.
Mum-of-two Ashna Ali was out enjoying some free time at Sydney Zoo and thought it would be nice to get a snap with 'Bert' the emu.
However rather than posing for the photo the cheeky flightless bird stole one of the designer earrings from Ashna.
Moments before the photo is taken Bert could be seen eyeing up the sparkly piece of jewellery but Ashna was not aware of the danger at the time.
According to Ashna the emu made a grab for the hoop as she was about to sit down, reports 9now in Australia.
“You can see him eyeing my earring out,” Ashna Ali said.
“I sat down and as I finished clicking, he just grabbed it, grabbed my ear, I felt a peck. That could have been my daughter’s eye.”
Ashna was able to show photos of the suspect bird to staff at the zoo and the brazen robber was identified.
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Staff said nature would take its course and the bird would eventually poo the earring out so asked Ashna to wait a week.
After seven days sadly there was still no sign of the Tiffany earring, however the zoo stepped in and offered to pay for a replacement.
"Seven days has passed, the earring has not turned up which is not surprising, we've been in contact with Tiffany's who said they'll make another earring which will l take roughly two weeks," said zoo manager Chris Rivett.
Emus can be notoriously assertive and confident animals particularly when they are used to interacting with humans at zoos.
According to news.com.au the latest incident comes a week after Sydney Zoo lost a popular chimp called Mogli.
Sydney Zoo said in a statement: "We are currently investigating the circumstances and once more information is known we will make a further statement."
“The team are in a state of deep shock and grief.”
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