Police have arrested a pair of emus that had escaped from their owner’s backyard on Monday.
“Sir, do you know how much of a prehistoric animal you look like?” That’s what we imagine the arresting officers asked the emus during their capture. And since emus are large, flightless birds with not a whole lot going on upstairs, we doubt they answered in any way that could be understood by humans.
In case you weren’t aware, emus are large, flightless birds that are occasionally kept as farm animals or pets. They’re native to Australia and are kinda like ostriches but not quite as mean. People eat their eggs or eat their meat. Emu meat is described as quite the delicacy and is high in iron and vitamin C. But it’s expensive.
The pair that escaped in Galveston, Texas were actually kept as pets.
As for the reason for their escape, that has more to do with the inexperience of their owner than anything else. They were previously kept on a farm near Houston, but after their previous owner died they were taken in by her daughter who lives in Galveston. She only has a backyard and thought that it would be enough for her to keep two emus.
She was wrong. Emu legs are strong enough to tear through steel fencing, which is exactly what they did.
Bonnie and Clyde in emu form spent 24 hours on the lam evading capture but were eventually apprehended Tuesday near an elementary school. The picture of their capture is pretty hilarious as it seems like the emu is actually being given their Miranda rights.
Emus are actually banned on Galveston Island, so when the current owner was given her emus back my police she was immediately told she needed to find them a new home. They’re currently being kept at Moody Gardens while the current owner works with city officials to relocate her runaway emus.