Pennsylvania State Police

Troopers Shoot, Kill Runaway Emu That Was Loose on Route 422

Owner of the large bird had recently bought it, but lost control of it

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A runaway emu that disrupted travel by wandering along a major highway in our area was shot and killed by state police after attempts to capture it failed.

The emu was spotted on the median of Route 422 near Collegeville on Wednesday. The bird's presence caused lengthy backups in both directions, as authorities used tasers as part of their efforts to corral the emu.

The emu was eventually shot for “the protection of officers and the community,” according to Pennsylvania state police.

Authorities say the large bird’s owner apparently lost control of the emu shortly after buying it.

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