Have You Seen This Bird? An Emu Is On the Run in North Carolina
The fugitive is around five feet tall, weighs over 100 pounds, and wears a thick coat of gray and brown feathers.
Authorities in the Triangle area of North Carolina are asking residents to keep an eye out for a potentially dangerous individual who has managed to evade capture for the past three weeks. The News & Observer reports that the suspect is around five feet tall, weighs over 100 pounds, and wears a thick coat of gray and brown feathers.
The fugitive, who also happens to be an emu, has been spotted numerous times throughout Orange and Chatham counties since June 26, though it remains on the lam. Its last known whereabouts were Chapel Hill.
“It’s a wild animal and it’s pretty big, so it’s going to be hard to corral it,” Orange County spokesman Todd McGee told The News & Observer.
Despite their best efforts, law enforcement has found the flightless bird surprisingly difficult to apprehend.
Officials are urging people not to approach or pet the rogue emu if they come across it. Emus can be dangerous when they feel threatened. Thanks to their extremely large talons, a swift kick can cause serious injury.
“Stay away from it,” McGee warned.
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If you see the emu, please call either Orange County Animal Services (919-942-7387) or Chatham County Animal Services (919-542-7203) immediately.