Emu that got loose is killed after returning home

Associated Press

Ionia — An emu that escaped from a Michigan farm has been shot and killed after returning home.

WZZM-TV and The Grand Rapids Press report the flightless bird, which sparked a search in Ionia County, was found Wednesday at the farm called Emu Endeavor and killed.

Owner Mary Tasma says they “couldn’t put it back in the same area, so we had to put it down.”

Tasma says she suspects that the bird climbed the 6-foot chain link fence surrounding the enclosure on Saturday. She had earlier said she anticipated it would have to be shot when found.

Tasma has raised emus for more than 20 years. She sells their meat, eggs and oils, which can be used to treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and burns.