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Fayetteville Police Tangle With Lost Emu

Posted March 18, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— Police officers wrestle all kinds of suspects, but Fayetteville police ran across one with feathers on Sunday.

Officers responded when residents reported an emu running wild through their neighborhood Sunday afternoon. Police officers tried their best to corral the bird. Onlookers enjoyed the show.

"I was like, 'Oh, my God. I can't believe a bird would come to our small little quiet neighborhood,'" says neighbor Brittany Wimberly.

Sgt. Thomas Cochran of the Fayetteville Police Department says he did not want the bird to get hurt.

"After all this work, we chased him down," Cochran says. "The last thing we wanted to do was have to put it to sleep or do anything to harm the bird."

Cochran pinned the emu until Cumberland County Animal Control arrived. The police officers were exhausted afterward, but the bird was fine.

Officers still have not figured out where the emu came from. Cumberland County Animal Control is looking for someone to adopt the bird. Anyone interested should call910-483-9284. -->