Saturday 22 October 2016

Mississippi police swoop on homeless emu turns into epic wild goose chase

Published 22/02/2016 | 07:35

The emu evaded police for days
The emu evaded police for days

A homeless emu evaded police in Mississippi for days before officers finally caught it with the help of some barbed wire.

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The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department had been getting calls about a loose emu for days, but each time they tried to catch the big, flightless bird, it got away.

Deputy Chief Scott Mills told The Oxford Eagle that it had been a pet, but the owners moved away, and the bird wandered nearly five miles, .

Officer Cody Pruitt said a chase ended when the bird got tangled in barbed wire.

He said its neck was merely scratched, so he untangled it, made a leash from rope, and Mounted Patrol Commander David Misenhelter led the emu into a horse trailer.

Mr Pruitt said a farmer who already had emus agreed to take the bird.

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