05/12/2013 10:04 GMT

Jack McMillan Faces Animal Cruelty Charges After Riding Emu To Work

An Australian man is facing animal cruelty charges after riding an emu to work and posting the footage on YouTube.

He also filmed himself working out using dead animals as weights.

Emu-rider Jack McMillan says in the video: "What most overseas people get confused about Australia is they think we ride kangaroos to work but in actual fact we ride emus."

He then gallops off on the bird.

The footage was reported to police and animal welfare organisations investigated.

McMillan said on his Facebook page: "So it turns out someone thought my video of the emu was that good they rhought (sic) they should let the coppas no (sic).

"Just to clear up if it wasn't for me that emu would of being (sic) dead right now as it was tangled up in a barb wire fence and I cut it out and made a video."

Officials looking into his social media post found some bizarre stuff.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said: ‘In one video he was using a calf on top of his leg to do leg stretching exercises.

"In another he used a dead pig like a weight."