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Sydney Zoo emu called Bert steals and eats expensive Tiffany earrings as mother leans in for selfie

An emu named Bert has eaten a woman's $550 Tiffany & Co. earring after she leant in to snap a selfie. 

The flightless bird from Sydney Zoo in the city's west stole the jewelry from mother-of-two Ashna Ali as she snapped a candid pic.

Bert can be seen eyeing up the sparkly hoop only moments before swallowing it in Ms Ali's photo.

Bert the emu (left) ate Ashna Ali's (right) Tiffany earring right after she took a selfie with him 

'You can see him eyeing my earring out,' Ms Ali told A Current Affair about the selfie. 

'I sat down and as I finished clicking, he just grabbed it, grabbed my ear, I felt a peck.'

The 'fun day out' was ruined by the brazen burglary, but luckily the 'offender' was easily identifiable as Ms Ali had taken several pictures to show zoo staff.

'I thought I better get a full body shot in case I needed it,' she said.  

The hoop is one half of an expensive $555 set from the luxurious jewelry brand Tiffany & Co 

Bert failed to poop out the hoop and so Sydney Zoo in the city's west will pay for a replacement

Ms Ali reported the attack to the zoo who asked for a week to obtain the earring. 

'We said look give us seven days, we'll try and locate it,' said Sydney Zoo manager Chris Rivett. 

'We're hoping that sh*t happens,' Ms Ali confessed. 

Over the next week, an unnamed zoo staff member sifted through Bert's poo to try and locate the hoop but was unsuccessful.

'It will actually digest the earring, and that's why it hasn't turned up,' said Mr Rivett.

'Rest assured the bird's fine, in the wild they would eat rocks and all sorts of material.'

The zoo contacted Tiffany's and is paying for a replacement earring for Ms Ali.  

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