Get back here! An emu in BC was able to escape from its farm, leading police on an unusual chase.
On Tuesday, August 13th, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP front line officers were conducting routine patrols in the 8000 block of Chemainus Road, Chemainus when they “located an emu on the road that had escaped from a nearby farm”.
The emu was described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall, and was approximately 100 lbs.
“The emu was disrupting a steady flow of traffic and it was quickly discovered that it was a safety concern for passing motorists, pedestrians, and residents” reads a statement.
A video of the emu was also captured by someone driving by in a car:
Officers blocked traffic on Chemainus Road in both directions for approximately 30 minutes, while they attempted to reel in the emu. The emu was “quick to agitate and was aggressive towards officers”.
Together with Coastal Animal Control Officers, officers decided to utilize a taser to control the agitated animal.
“Our primary concern is always safety… not only to the public and to our officers, but also to animals. We are pleased that officers were able to maintain public safety while using as little force as necessary towards the aggressive emu to ensure its safe return to a nearby farm,” said S/Sgt. Chris Swain, Acting Officer In Charge, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
The emu was uninjured and transported to a nearby farm at the owner’s request.
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