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The wayward emu

July 19, 2011

RICHMOND - Southern Rhode Island and its rural expanses are home to a large variety of wildlife, however certain species just don’t belong.
On Tuesday, July 5, Richmond Animal Control Officer Anne Fisher had a close encounter with one of these creatures; an emu, which is a large, flightless bird indigenous to Australia. A close cousin of the Ostrich, the emu is much larger than any bird living on this part of the planet, let alone Rhode Island.

After several callers reported seeing the giant bird running alongside Nooseneck Hill Road near Dawley Park, Fisher was dispatched to the area. She needed the help of two citizens, Andrew Slater and Brian Arnold, to corner the bird. The trio was eventually able to throw a sack over it’s head and apprehend the renegade animal.

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