As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Bird Prank Bags Criminal Charges

Three high school students face trespassing and animal cruelty charges after bringing a 6-foot emu from Iowa and locking it in Gretna High School.

A janitor reportedly found the emu when he entered the school's commons area earlier this month. Sarpy County Sheriff's Department deputies rounded up the bird and took it to a veterinarian to have a cut on its neck stitched. The emu now belongs to a Gretna company that puts on wildlife shows for parties and schools.

Lt. Mark Trapp says one of the students went to Iowa to buy the bird for $30. The three students originally planned to release it onto the school's football field on September 19th. They instead put the bird in the school when they found it unlocked.

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