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The Great Emu Caper

Have you seen a missing emu? (Photo by Anne Keiser)

Reuters reports that an adult emu was stolen this week from Featherdale Wildlife Park near Sydney, Australia. A pile of feathers was all that was left at the crime scene. Investigators are puzzled as to motive, considering that emus–flightless birds that can grow up to 6.6 feet tall and weigh more than 80 pounds–have little monetary value. To remove the bird, the perpetrators managed to carry it over a two-meter fence with electrified barbed wire. The only eyewitness was a second emu which, aside from some feather loss of its own, appears to have been left unscathed by the thieves.

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Since 2005, Michael has been a librarian at National Geographic.
  • BellsW

    I’d be checking Emu farms for breeding. Perhaps it was stolen to replenish stock.

  • Dwight E. Howell


  • efodix

    A couple of drunken idiots perhaps?

  • Stephen Hughes

    Is this for real? I live in Sydney and it’s the first I have heard of it. Emu’s are not passive little birds one can manhandle. They are vicious, nasty tempered, domineering birds with lethal talons. The idea someone could pick one up and carry it over a tall, electric fence seems un-credible.

  • Stephen Hughes

    Ok. So it did happen. Reckon the poor bird must be dead though for all my previous reasons.

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