Emu Evades Police for Days, Until It’s Caught in Barbed Wire

February 22, 2016 Updated: February 22, 2016

OXFORD, Miss.—It wasn’t your usual foot chase. Oxford police caught a homeless emu, with help from some barbed wire.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department had been getting calls about a loose emu for days. Each time they tried to catch the big, flightless bird, it got away.

Deputy Chief Scott Mills tells The Oxford Eagle that it had been a pet, but the owners moved away.

The bird wandered nearly five miles.

Officer Cody Pruitt says a chase Friday ended when the bird got tangled in barbed wire.


Emu running through your yard? No problem for Officer Pruitt aka The Emu Whisperer!

Posted by Oxford MS Police Department on Friday, February 19, 2016

He says its neck was merely scratched. He untangled it, made a leash from rope, and Mounted Patrol Commander David Misenhelter led the emu into a horse trailer.

Pruitt says a farmer who already had emus agreed to take the bird.