Dapto Youtube star Andrew Ucles has gutted an emu and worn its carcass as a disguise in his most bonkers contribution yet to the world of wildlife documentary-making.
In footage from an unidentified part of the Australian outback, posted online this week, the eccentric outdoorsman laments the number of native animals killed on NSW roads before highlighting a little-known use for emu roadkill - catching other emus.
‘‘The technique that I’m going to be showing you today is exactly what the native Americans used to use to catch bison ... ,’’ the bare-chested Ucles tells the camera.
‘‘Now I’m going to gut this animal out and I’m gonna take out everything inside his body, then I’m going to wear him a little bit like a coat and I’m gonna be using it to get closer to other emus and hopefully I can catch you a live emu no worries at all.’’
Ucles then drapes himself in the carcass and - with its stick-mounted head in hand, looking a bit like the late British children’s entertainer Rod Hull and his mute puppet Emu - stalks the bush in search of the illusive big bird.
He throws off the carcass and springs into action when the search proves fruitless and he settles on a passing kangaroo, which he later releases.
The video is the the 38th posted to Youtube by 25-year-old Ucles, who is attempting to carve out a career making man v wild-style documentaries.
His videos tend to divide his audience and have drawn accusations of animal abuse as well as admiration.
There were many fans among viewers of the latest clip, which attracted more than 107,000 views in four days.
‘‘Somebody call Bear Grylles I think we have a challenger,’’ wrote one viewer and, from another, ‘‘This dude needs a show ASAP!’’.
Others didn’t know what to make of the eccentric Ucles.
‘‘What the hell is in the water down there in Australia?’’ they wrote, and, ‘‘That kangaroo now has a weird story to tell his friends’’.