Thursday, October 12, 2006

Cops slaughter rogue emu


This just in from Granite City, Illinois:

After days of menacing passing cars, a kill-crazy emu was shot to death by local police.

Illinois is facing a rising wave of emu attacks. In June, police in Carbondale were confronted by the emu version of the Terminator--a bird that fell only after being hit by 5 shotgun blasts and 3 rifle rounds.

The emu incidents aren't limited to Illinois, either. According to this piece on the Forbes website, emus have terrorized children at a school in West Virginia and have fought off attempts to subdue them with police stun guns in Wisconsin.

8 comments:

Kate said...

I thought emus were supposed to be rather non violent?

Guess I was wong.

Bubs said...

They're vicious. They have large talons.

Raise them for food at your own risk.

lulu said...

Emus are cute, but not really city pets. I'll stick with Bob the cat.

Tenacious S said...

Our friends in California used to have two pet emus, Mick and Alice. My favorite part was when they would open their dining room window during dinner and the emus would stick their heads in looking for goodies. Did you know they lay beautiful huge forest green eggs?

Bubs said...

No, I didn't know that. Cool fact.

So, these were really pet emus and not just meat on the hoof for these people? How did they seem as domestic animals?

Coaster Punchman said...

Do the chickens have large talons?

Tenacious S said...

Bubs, they were indeed pets. They were large and smelly, but friendly. Our friend was from Australia and I guess he was homesick. But emus, really? When they moved they took the animals to someone's private game park to live. No more emu omelettes.

Bubs said...

No more green eggs and ham?