California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

  • In this Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 photo released by California Highway Patrol, CHP officers with an officer from Madera County Animal Services, middle, use dog snares to capture an emu that was found wandering along California Highway 99, north of Madera, Calif. Authorities say Madera County Animal Services took the bird into custody uninjured. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

FRESNO, Calif. — California authorities last week captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway.

The bird was apprehended the afternoon of Sept. 13 following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers.

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Authorities say officers responded to a report that an ostrich was wandering along the right-hand shoulder of U.S. Highway 99 northwest of Fresno. Madera County Animal Services took the bird into custody uninjured.

Officers say they do not know whether the emu escaped a nearby farm or a moving vehicle.

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Animal experts say the flightless native Australian birds can sprint at up to 30 mph and trot quickly for longer distances.

Emus are the second-largest birds in the world behind the ostrich.

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