In this photo taken Sept. 21, 2015, Maria Colby stands near Beatrice an Emu who had been running wild through New Hampshire in Henniker, N.H. The birds' owner, Kermit Blackwood, of Townsend, Vt., drove to Henniker and put the bird, Beatrice, in the back of his vehicle and drove back home to his farm. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP)
Loose emu rides home in Prius
October 05, 2015
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There is an emu that is famous for running wild through New Hampshire. It has been loose for more than a week. Now it has been reunited with its owner. It was returned home safely to Vermont in the back of a Toyota Prius.
The Concord Monitor reports Kermit Blackwood figured that it was a long shot that the emu loose in New Hampshire was his bird. Its name is Beatrice. It was not until the Townshend, Vermont, resident drove roughly 80 miles to the Henniker-based nonprofit Wings of the Dawn. That is when he knew for sure.
Maria Colby is manager of the wildlife rehabilitation center. She said she knew the emu was Blackwood's as soon as they were together. That was Sept. 27. The emu moved closer to Blackwood. Then it rolled its neck toward him. It might have known him by the jacket he was wearing, Colby said.
Blackwood says Taft Hill Farm had lost two other emus about a month ago. One died. It was hurt by another animal. The other was found in a nearby town.
Getting Beatrice ready to go home was not easy. Blackwood and a farm worker had a hard time. They wanted to put her into the trunk of the Prius. They folded down the back seats for extra space.
The 90-minute ride back to the farm went smoothly. When they arrived, they removed a sock from the emu's head, Blackwood said.
"Everything is well," he said. "Beatrice is home."
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