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.