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Emu rider used dead pig

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A Queenslander who rode a baby emu also used a live calf and a dead pig as part of his exercise regime, the RSPCA says.

While the man has attracted international attention for his emu riding, the animal rights group says a search of his Facebook account uncovered more bizarre acts of animal cruelty.

“In one video he was using a calf on top of his leg to do leg stretching exercises,” RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty told AAP.

“In another he used a dead pig like a weight.”

The man came under fire after posting a video of himself clutching an emu chick around the throat while riding it.

In the video the man says overseas people are wrong to think Australians ride kangaroos to work.

“In actual fact we ride emus,” he says, while filming himself on the back of the emu he called Betsy.

“Righto girl, let’s go. Off to work we go.”

He uploaded the 31-second video to YouTube and the “50 Shades of Straya” Facebook page at the weekend.

He later defended the video on the page.

“So it turns out someone thought my video of the emu was that good they thought (sic) they should let the coppas no (sic),” he wrote.

“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.”

Mr Beatty says while the RSPCA has seen far worse acts of animal cruelty, the emu riding video wasn’t good for Australia’s reputation.

“It definitely sends out a bad message internationally,” he said.

It’s unclear what penalty, if any, the man will face for his emu-riding stunt.

“Unfortunately there is no charge for total stupidity,” Mr Beatty said.

AAP has sought comment from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, which is now investigating the incident.