If by chance you have misplaced your emu and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the animal services would like to talk to you.
Police in Pleasanton, a town about 25 miles east of Oakland, received an unusual phone call on Friday afternoon. The report said that an emu was roaming in a resident’s forecourt in the quiet suburb, and authorities responded with Animal Services Officer Frankie Ayers and CSO Amy Martin. They were able to capture the emu after lassoing it and take it into custody. And no, it is not in a police holding cell in custody. He is at the Alameda County Animal Shelter.
There was a post on the official Twitter and Facebook pages of the Pleasanton Police Department about the incident in which they called Ayers and Martin “the perfect candidates for the call. Since they both grew up on farms”.
The emu is said to be okay, and the police hope to find its rightful owner soon.
The Oakland news station KTVU, a local Fox member, reported the breaking news and posted it on Twitter in the hope that the owner can step forward and retrieve the lost emu.
Pleasanton Animal Services is looking for the owner of an emu found in a suburb https://t.co/tpsYpiQIEN pic.twitter.com/gEqBMiYdfv
– KTVU (@KTVU) November 6, 2020
This naturally led to some incredulous reactions. More than one person wondered if it was the same emu that became famous in the insurance commercials of Liberty Mutual – LiMu Emu (who works with the unassuming Doug):
– Carol Fenton (@cfpdx) November 6, 2020
Find Doug! Find Doug!
A random insurance guy named Doug has lost his LiMu Emu!
Hurry up and find it!
Freedom, freedom, freedom. Freedom, freedom, freedom!
Pleasanton Police responding to ‘Emu-gency’ call, Corral Wandering Large Flightless Bird https://t.co/vTHvfd3s0L
– Michael Blanos (@mblanos) November 7, 2020
Everywhere on Twitter, people also seemed to enjoy the distraction of the more anxiety-inducing news on TV and social media.
Lost Emu in Pleasanton? Yes!!! BINGO!!!! I won!! In your face 2020! https://t.co/c4XjzLgq0c
– Jill Tucker (@jilltucker) November 6, 2020
Yes, some Twitter users saw it as another example of the strange events that the year has brought over us.
Is the emu running free on the streets of Pleasanton? What else does the year 2020 hold for us? https://t.co/mSKTJRQhlB
– Sanjay Kalra | Digital Transformation Sherpa (@sanjaykalra) November 7, 2020
Here is the Pleasanton police report on the arrest of the feathered suspect showing the lasso
Let’s talk about an EMU genius in #Pleasanton! ð¨ Today, Animal Services Officer Frankie Ayers and CSO Amy Martin managed to lasso a wandering emu and keep him still. The emu is in safe hands and is waiting to be reconnected with its rightful owner at the @ACSO sheriffs’ shelter. pic.twitter.com/ZiSvObjZMR
– Pleasanton PD (@pleasantonpd) November 6, 2020
Of course some commentators had fun making bad puns about the “arrest”.
I heard that they couldn’t press charges because he had diplomatic eminence.
– Bloops (@30SomethinGamr) November 7, 2020
While it is not uncommon to hear of animals such as deer, bears and even coyotes making their way onto the city streets, emus are some more unusual sights. They are much more common outside zoos on farms on the Australian mainland where they are indigenous.
Emu are the second largest living bird in size after their close relative, the ostrich. Although they are flightless, they can sprint at about 30 miles per hour. You might think these silly-looking animals are harmless, but it is known that they attack humans (although deaths are rare). They can give vicious kicks with their big thirty-toed feet, which they use to disembowel other animals.
Anyone who has information leading to the owner of this particular emu should contact the Alameda County Animal Shelter or the Pleasanton Police Department.