National Geographic Society Newsroom

The Great Emu Caper

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...

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.

For all the latest science news, check out our twice-weekly news rundown, Earth Current.

 

About National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of the world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content. To learn more, visit www.nationalgeographic.org or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Meet the Author

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