Loose emu rides home in Prius 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
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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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COMMENTS (168)
  • nygels-haw
    10/13/2015 - 08:18 a.m.

    Beatrice didn't want to get in the truck.

    • BrookeB-tar
      5/19/2017 - 11:15 a.m.

      I wouldn't want to jump in the back of a man's truck ether.

    • JordanW-tar
      5/22/2017 - 02:17 p.m.

      I wouldn't want to get in the truck if I was Beatrice

  • georgiam-haw
    10/13/2015 - 09:44 a.m.

    It was probably a struggle to get Beatrice home because she was so big. A Toyota Prius is not a very spacious car. Also even though they probably put up the tailgate of the truck, she would still be able to just jump out.

  • anthonyr16-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:02 a.m.

    the emu is return to it home to its real owner because it probally was safe there as a pet

  • jaxsonc-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:02 a.m.

    It was a struggle be cause they had to have more room in the back seats. It might of been hard because the emu had a sock over his head. It was a smooth ride home thankful for them .

  • tajourt-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:03 a.m.

    this article was good.

  • emmam1-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:04 a.m.

    It was interesting and it was nice that a person drove Beatrice all the way home!

  • tristand-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:05 a.m.

    Wow im surprised the emu didnt get mad or want to got to the bathroom.

  • terryd-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:08 a.m.

    He did not want leave and run away it was nice.

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