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Escaped Emu Raises Big Flap

Associated Press - October 3, 2013 8:10 am

An escaped emu has been captured after causing a flap at a Johnson County park.

Reports that the flightless bird was found running loose Wednesday morning at Kill Creek Park in the western part of the county.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District field biologist Matt Garrett says park staff managed to herd the creature into a building. By later in the day, officials believed they had located the emus owner, a nearby landowner.

Garrett says the emu wasn’t mature.

Kansas Emu Association secretary Mike Martin says emus are native to Australia and can grow to be 6 feet tall and weigh 100 to 120 pounds. They are raised for meat, leather, eggs and oil.

Associated press information from: The Kansas City Star

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