Elderly emu caught in Lisbon Falls
LISBON FALLS (WGME) – The search is over for an elderly emu that escaped from its sanctuary Wednesday.
The 19-year-old emu, known as "the bird," may have run away from home, but couldn’t stay away for too long.
The 100-pound bird went missing Wednesday, when one of its caretakers was moving him from his winter residence to his summer home. The bird escaped and went into the woods.
That is when the neighborhood search began. Lisbon police, animal control and neighbors spent hours looking for the bird.
Owner Janet Tuttle says someone even jumped in the water after him, but the bird was just too good of swimmer.
Tuttle says her biggest concern during this "birdhunt" was him getting attacked by coyotes or caught in fences, but luckily the bird was found Friday afternoon, barely a day later, half a mile down the road.
She says he was spotted behind a neighbor’s home in the woods. Her and her husband and daughter had to strategize on how they were going to bring him back home, but between a rope and a sheet they managed to bring him home safely.
“Hopefully he'll calm down,” Tuttle said. “But they run the fence line. I'm praying somebody calls and says, ‘I have a big sanctuary and I'd love to have him and I'll make sure he's not going to be eaten.’”
Tuttle says a few neighbors were concerned about what to do or what he looked like, but neighbors did the right thing in calling authorities before taking action.