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Emu on the loose prompts unusual 911 calls

December 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A string of unusual calls to 911 even had dispatchers laughing. They received several reports of a very large bird running around the neighborhood. It turned out to be an Emu. The bird got loose from a small family farm.

Somehow, it broke through an electric fence and started roaming the neighborhood.

After two nights on the run, an animal control officer finally nabbed the bird.

"I grabbed it by the neck and we guided it, got it into the animal control van and brought it home," said Wendy Tavares, an animal control officer.

The bird's owners said they believe something spooked the emu and that's why it took off. They think the bird's thick feathers kept it from getting shocked by the electric fence.