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Search under way in Greene County after emu escapes home

March 4, 2015

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Greene County sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for an emu that’s escaped from its home after it was spooked by noise.

WITN in Greenville reports (http://bit.ly/1EO2ExG) owner Melvin Smith says the emu jumped a fence Tuesday when it was scared by a loud piece of farm equipment.

Smith takes care of the bird for his mother, who is in a nursing home. His wife says the emu is 24 years old and is the only remaining emu from a massive farm Smith ran in the 1980s. At its height, there were 3,000 emus on the farm. After he got out of emu farming, Smith’s mother kept one male, who has since died, and one female.

Emus are the world’s second-largest bird behind the ostrich.

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