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
An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week 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, Beatrice. It wasn't until the Townshend, Vermont, resident traveled roughly 80 miles to the Henniker-based nonprofit Wings of the Dawn when he knew for sure.
Maria Colby is the manager of the wildlife rehabilitation center. She said she knew the emu was Blackwood's as soon as they were reintroduced. That was Sept. 27. The emu moved closer to Blackwood and rolled its neck toward him. It possibly recognized 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 after being attacked by another animal. The other was found in a neighboring town.
Getting Beatrice ready to go home wasn't easy. Blackwood and a farm worker had a bit of a difficult time putting her into the trunk of the Prius. The back seats were folded down for extra space.
The 90-minute ride back to the farm went smoothly, after they removed a sock from the emu's head, Blackwood said.
"Everything is well," he said. "Beatrice is home."
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