Wayward emu captured in Thomas County

Published: Feb. 25, 2019 at 4:26 AM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

February 25, 2019

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) – Authorities say an emu that got loose over the weekend in Thomas County has been captured.

"They were saying there was an emu walking on the side the road. You don't see emus walking down the side of the road in our area too often, so we started getting calls on it," said Capt. Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

TCSO says a couple from Miccosukee, Florida located the emu on Sunday evening near Metcalf Road in Thomas County.

"We were afraid the emu may be harmed or get run over, so we started making calls to find someone who could take him," said Jones.

Deputies responded to the scene to help corral the emu onto a trailer. The couple then brought the emu back to Miccosukee to keep it safe until the owner could be notified.

The emu's owner, also of Miccosukee, was contacted and picked up the large bird on Monday.

By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 25, 2019

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) – Authorities in Thomas County are trying to locate the owner of an emu that has been spotted wandering around residential neighborhoods.

According to the Thomas County Sheriff's Office, residents have reported seeing the animal in the area of Metcalf Road over the last three to four days.

The emu was last spotted around 6 p.m. Sunday on Horne Cemetery Road.

Authorities are actively searching for the owner of the emu, which has not yet been captured.