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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An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been reunited with its owner and 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, manager of the wildlife rehabilitation center, said she knew the emu was Blackwood's as soon as they were reintroduced 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 and the other was found in a neighboring town.
 
Getting Beatrice ready to go home wasn't easy. Blackwood and a farm worker struggled a bit to put her into the trunk of their 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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COMMENTS (35)
  • jasminpd-1-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    It was a struggle to get Beatrice home because she was more attached to the person who found and saved her. She was probably scared of the confined space.

  • laneys-1-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    It was a struggle because they had to put it in the back of a car and drive for 90 minutes back to its home. It would be very difficult to try to put a emu in a car.

  • mckaylas-1-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    The struggle with getting beatrice home was a difficult task, because she is such a large animal. To get the Emu home they had to capture it put a sock on its head then put it in the trunk.

  • tycenb-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    It was a struggle to get the Emu home, when all they had was a small trunk. Im sure they were relieved when the owner and emu were reunited.

  • daizypd-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    It was a struggle to get Beatrice back home because she is so big and maybe a little freaked.

  • karlees-1-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    It was a struggle to get Beatrice hime, because she had to fit in a tiny prius trunk.

  • jacksonh-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    It was a struggle because the emu was a big bird. They were trying to put it into a trunk which probably wouldn't work out that well. It worked for them. It was also 90 minutes from where the bird was kept.

  • amelianaa-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    It was a struggle to get Beatrice home because the emu was smart enough to know not to get into the trunk of a car whilst there is a bag on her head.

  • keatonm-1-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    I think that it might be hard to fit an emu in a Prius. I think that it would be hard for that emu to travel all around in a weird habitat. I think that it is cool that their is a emu farm in New Hampshire.

  • briannar-1-ols
    10/05/2015 - 12:53 p.m.

    I think that it would be funny to see an emu running wild. The emu belonged to Kermit Blackwood. I wasn't easy to catch the emu, but once they did they put in the back of a Prius and took it home.

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