No one has claimed the emu and it's unknown where the bird came from before it was on the lam
By Arman Aghbali, CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2015 5:22 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2015 7:57 PM ET
After scaring a nearby school and being shot at by a stranger, a fugitive emu has finally been caught by police and animal control in Delaware after at least 66 days on the run.
On Thursday afternoon animal control officers and Delaware State Police surrounded the 1.8-metre-tall bird, known to locals only as Eddie, near a housing development in Stonefield.
"The emu is very happy. It's very content," Dan Stonebraker told CBC News. Stonebraker owns the 3 Palms Zoo & Education Centre in Clayton and often assists in capturing loose animals.
It took three tries to capture the bird, and on the second escape, Eddie jumped into a man's backyard. Once they had the bird cornered along the backyard fence, co-owner of the 3 Palms Zoo, Matt Shaffner, threw a net over the animal.
"I've seen on the news that there was an emu on the loose, but I didn't suspect it was around here," Tom Curley told CBS Philadelphia, after they caught the bird in the woods behind his house.
Stonebraker helped move Eddie into the trailer and has transferred the bird to a secure facility. He described that once the bird was surrounded by four walls and a blanket, it immediately calmed down.