Emu evades police for days, until it’s caught in barbed wire

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – It wasn’t your usual foot chase. Oxford police caught a homeless emu, with help from some barbed wire.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department had been getting calls about a loose emu for days. Each time they tried to catch the big, flightless bird, it got away.

Deputy Chief Scott Mills tells The Oxford Eagle that it had been a pet, but the owners moved away.

The bird wandered nearly five miles.

Officer Cody Pruitt says a chase Friday ended when the bird got tangled in barbed wire,

He says its neck was merely scratched. He untangled it, made a leash from rope, and Mounted Patrol Commander David Misenhelter led the emu into a horse trailer.

Pruitt says a farmer who already had emus agreed to take the bird.

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