Six escaped emus caused havoc on city roads as police turned zookeeper to round them up.
The flightless birds – which have a top speed of 31mph – ran free from a farm in Michigan on Wednesday morning after windy weather caused a break in their enclosure.
Video shows officers equipped with leashes and a stick attempting to catch one emu treading in a wooded area.
One officer can be heard coaxing the animal, appearing to repeatedly say “hi, baby” before the bird runs off in the other direction.
“The family had requested our assistance in helping locate their emus that had gotten loose,” Sheriff Richard Fuller told Fox17. “And the family was concerned that these animals could have caused a traffic crash, or injured someone.”
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office alerted the public to their escape yesterday on Facebook.
It said: “The emus are loose! We’re working a report of six emus loose in the area of 6th Street and Stadium Drive.
“Please use caution when travelling in the area. Never a dull day.”
Residents were urged not to approach the birds for their own safety and to avoid scaring the animals away as officers tracked them down.
The Sheriff’s Office said: “We don’t recommend approaching any loose animals or livestock, both for your own safety and to avoid scaring them into other areas – the owners and our friends with Kalamazoo County Animal Services have more resources for securing them.”
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The Sheriff’s Office responded: “We sure hope so…we’re fast, but not 30 mph fast on foot!”
Emus are large flightless birds in the same family as cassowaries and ostriches.
They are among the largest birds in the world, second only to ostriches, and can reach a height of more than six feet five inches, or around two metres.
The common emu has an average top speed of 50 km/h (31mph).