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article imageEscaped emu chases children down the street

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 2, 2010 in World
A group of surprised children in New Zealand ended up running when they saw an escaped emu rushing toward them. The bird travelled about seven kilometres before being recaptured.
The animal escaped from a farm in the Marlborough Sounds on Saturday, and Constable Jeff Woolf, of Picton said that he was called after a tourist reported a distressed emu running along the road at Ocean Bay, Port Underwood, about 4pm.
He said that by the time he had driven there the bird had travelled about seven kilometres, to Hakahaka Bay.
He said it had chased some children on the way, but it was not clear whether it had purposely gone after them or if they had just happened to be in the area where it was heading.
The bird reportedly reached speeds of 30kmh before it was herded into a paddock.
"In 14 years on the job it's the most unusual call I've ever had,” The Marlborough Express quoted Woolf as saying.
"I felt like I was watching the Road Runner cartoon. Because my surname is Woolf ... I felt like Wile E Coyote."
He said that although the incident was humorous, livestock on the road can result in serious accidents.
Emus, which are 1 to 1.3 metres (3.3–4.3 ft) high at the shoulder and weigh between 18 and 48 kilograms (40 and 106 lb), are native to Australia.
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