December 11, 2008

Officials seek escaped emu

A Rhode Island animal sanctuary said animal control officers are searching for an escaped emu that officials believe may have wandered into Massachusetts.

Pamela Hood, 41, the emu's owner at the Foster, R.I., sanctuary, said the large flightless bird escaped along with his mate and their baby three weeks ago, but the female and youngster eventually returned on their own, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.

Hood said Elmer the Emu has evaded all capture attempts, despite being shot with three tranquilizer darts on one occasion. She said the absence of Elmer has left his family distressed and not eating well. She said there is an emu egg in the enclosure that Elmer is meant to be incubating.