California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

Associated Press

Fresno, Calif. – California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway.

The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers.

California Highway Patrol officers with an officer from Madera County Animal Services, middle, use dog snares to capture an emu that was found wandering along California Highway 99, north of Madera, Calif.

Authorities say officers responded to a report that an ostrich was wandering along the right-hand shoulder of U.S. Highway 99 northwest of Fresno.

Authorities say Madera County Animal Services took the bird into custody uninjured.

Officers say they do not know whether the emu escaped a nearby farm or a moving vehicle.

A California Highway Patrol car follows an emu as it ambled along the southbound lanes of Highway 99.

Animal experts say the flightless native Australian birds can sprint at up to 30 mph (48 kph) and trot quickly for longer distances.

Emus are the second-largest birds in the world behind the ostrich.