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.

Sunday 23 March 2014

BIRD RESCUE: Game over: Lucy the fugitive emu captured in Nanaimo

CTV Vancouver 
Published Friday, March 21, 2014 6:42PM PDT 
Last Updated Friday, March 21, 2014 7:08PM PDT

Authorities have finally apprehended the 150-pound emu who’s been running wild in Nanaimo, B.C. since last weekend.

Animal control officers cooked Lucy the emu’s goose Friday evening after he was spotted in a thicket behind Vancouver Island University.

CTV’s Chopper 9 got a bird’s-eye view as the 15-year-old animal was loaded into a truck to be returned to his relieved owner.

Animal control officers load Lucy the emu into a truck behind Vancouver Island University. March 21, 2014. (CTV/Chopper 9)

A photo of Lucy, a 150-pound emu, who recently went missing after escaping his enclosure at a Nanaimo farm. March 19, 2014. (Courtesy Tim Genner)

Lucy flew the coop on Sunday and has been spotted numerous times since, most memorably when it was filmed chasing a dog across a Nanaimo lawn.

The length of the capture is no surprise given that emus can zip around at about 70 kilometres per hour.

Lucy’s story became a social media sensation, inspiring hundreds of tweets and even a map tracking every sighting of the flightless bird.

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