Rogue emu captured after 60 days on the lam in Delaware


ODESSA, Del. (AP) — An emu whose escape more than 60 days ago prompted lockdowns at two Delaware elementary schools has been captured.

Daniel Shortridge is a spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture. He is quoted by The News-Journal of Wilmington as saying that private parties and state officials netted the flightless bird Thursday afternoon at the Stonefield housing development near Odessa.

Dan Stonebraker is co-owner of 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton. He says the bird has been put in a trailer and will be moved to a secure facility.

The runaway emu was spotted Monday near Spring Meadow Elementary School and Old State Elementary School, leading to a “soft lockdown” at both schools.

Over the past week, authorities have received a growing number of calls from people who had spotted the bird or come close to hitting it.

An emu on the run for more than 60 days has prompted lockdowns at two elementary schools in Delaware.

The runaway emu was spotted Monday near Spring Meadow Elementary School and Old State Elementary School, leading to a “soft lockdown” at both schools. Officials sent a letter alerting parents and saying students remained inside while normal activity continued.

Delaware Department of Agriculture spokesman Daniel Shortridge says no one is sure who owns the bird. Over the last week, authorities have received a growing number of calls from people who have spotted the bird or come close to hitting it.

The agency has asked police to shoot the emu if public safety is at risk. Shortridge says killing the bird isn’t the preferred solution.

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