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4 Daring Animal Escapes of the Last 4 Months

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4. An Emu Escapes and Runs for it with a Fellow Jogger

An emu decided to go for a jog and make a friend in Virginia last December. Huff Post DC says that the emu “drifted away” from its home. The bird started out behind the jogger but soon caught up and ran side-by-side. No word on how the jogger felt about it, but an emu is a whole lot of company: adults grow to 5 feet tall. It could be unnerving to find one chasing you.

Photo credit: Huff Post DC

Emus are farmed in the United States for meat and for the oil rendered from their fat, which some people mistakenly believe treats a very long list of maladies from surgery scars to tired feet to frostbite. Little wonder that this emu fled at top speed.

Animal control officers returned the emu to its owner.

 

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3:34PM PDT on May 14, 2013

bet they were terrified!

5:05AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

9:07AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

4:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

May it never happen that I meet any of the monsters from hell calling themselves human who work in the slaughter business I probably wouldn't be able to control myself.

12:49PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Good story. There was a similar story in Germany a few months ago. But the animal was a brown cow, Yvonne. It took people a few months to catch her (clever cow!) but I don't know if it was sent to the slaughterhouse or not!

8:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Some people are alive because it's still illegal to kill them.

7:52PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I was so saddened for ALL of the animals in this article. All trying so hard to get away from their environment (although I did break a smile watching the little zebra trotting as fast as he could behind his pony counter part in crime). Hopefully the zebra is happy at his barn in NJ. I wish we knew what happened to the cute little pony though. It's wonderful knowing that the goat received his forever happy home and didn't have to end up in goat heaven....and the poor 'ol camel, all he wanted was company. I can understand that!! Being alone sucks!!! If I could break out of here and find myself some company I would do that too, dang it!! As far as the emu goes, maybe he just wanted to take up jogging! Think of the international attention that farmer could have gotten with his jogging emu rather than adding him to the list of those losing their life for their meat and oil!! Just saying.....

12:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I agree ith Lori Eand Berty J. sad that only the goat was really saved humans are the worst living hings on th planet.

12:03PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

thanx

8:20AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

thanks

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