Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 19th, 2012
Forget about Champ and the Lake Champlain Monsters. There’s an escaped emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) that’s been getting all of the anomalous sightings up near the lake of late.
If you want an emu of your own, here’s your chance.
An elusive runaway emu in Vermont has laughing residents in communities on Lake Champlain watching the roads and yards as they drive and walk about.
The 150-pound flightless bird resembles a small ostrich or rhea. Vermont’s escapee has been spotted wandering around in Grand Isle and South Hero since it escaped from a local farm five weeks ago.
It was spotted again February 17th, outside the South Hero elementary school, where it walked by a window of the principal’s office. School worker Steve Berard tried to lasso it with an extension cord, but it broke free.
The emu’s owner told WCAX-TV he bought three emus for his grandchildren but they don’t make great pets.
He’s taken out an ad in a local newspaper saying, “Free emu if you can capture it.”