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A wandering emu that kept officers at bay while clogging traffic along Interstate 20 will be offered for adoption in five days unless its owner can be located, according to the Columbia County Emergency Services Department.

Columbia County sheriff's deputies closed Interstate 20 near McDuffie County to corral the emu.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Columbia County sheriff's deputies closed Interstate 20 near McDuffie County to corral the emu.

The three-toed Australian bird was spotted by motorists Wednesday after it appeared in the median in McDuffie County between the Thomson and Camak exits, said Law Enforcement Capt. Thomas Barnard, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

"The biggest concern was the threat to motorists," he said. "Since an emu is technically livestock, it doesn't normally fall under our jurisdiction."

After numerous 911 calls, DNR, the State Patrol and other agencies converged at the scene and blocked traffic on both lanes of I-20 in attempts to corner the bird.

Columbia County's Animal Control officers helped capture it, Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker said.

"They surrounded it in the median -- with a lot of caution because emus will hurt you," she said. "One of the Animal Control officers grabbed its legs; and another grabbed the upper body; and another put a covering over its head; and they loaded into the truck. It kicked so hard in the truck that the latch on the truck broke. It was actually very well handled."

Emus are native to Australia and are the planet's second-largest bird, behind the ostrich. They are sometimes raised as livestock.

Reach Rob Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 02/08/08 - 05:42 am
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Yeah that bird looks

Yeah that bird looks familiar...HE OWES ME MONEY!!!!

Ole School
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Ole School 02/08/08 - 06:18 am
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HEY WAIT, I think we can

HEY WAIT, I think we can raise and sell them for the meat .... HA HA HA, but he DOES owe me Money TOO !!! and I think he voted for CONSOLIDATION !!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/08/08 - 07:16 am
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I hate to come across a

I hate to come across a shallow, but they all look alike to me.

kiddspur
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kiddspur 02/08/08 - 08:11 am
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All that trouble in catching

All that trouble in catching a bird -- all they had to do was call the KFC crews they are used to handling big chickens!!!!

RW1953
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RW1953 02/08/08 - 08:30 am
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w#$%#$%#$@#!#$@$@#

w#$%#$%#$@#!#$@$@#

CSRAider
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CSRAider 02/08/08 - 08:33 am
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That Bird has caused trouble

That Bird has caused trouble in my neighborhood for a while now Im glad sombody finally locked him up.

CSRAider
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CSRAider 02/08/08 - 08:34 am
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hey i think he owes me

hey i think he owes me money!!!

fd1962
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fd1962 02/08/08 - 08:51 am
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One ate my gloves a while
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One ate my gloves a while back.

dani
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dani 02/08/08 - 09:31 am
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Poor emu..has no home.

Poor emu..has no home.

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 02/08/08 - 09:43 am
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isn't he out running for

isn't he out running for commisioner or something?????

The Godfather
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The Godfather 02/08/08 - 09:52 am
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I saw him at wild wing right

I saw him at wild wing right before they arrested him on I20

El Guapo
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El Guapo 02/08/08 - 10:20 am
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Um, has anyone tried asking

Um, has anyone tried asking the emu farm owners on White Oak road?

AugResident1
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AugResident1 02/08/08 - 11:05 am
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....why did the emu cross the

....why did the emu cross the road?

Tall1
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Tall1 02/08/08 - 11:08 am
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AR: To get to the Columbia

AR: To get to the Columbia County side: even a 3 toed Australian Emu knows it's better in Col Cty 8-)

SunDown
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SunDown 02/08/08 - 11:18 am
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I lived in Australia for

I lived in Australia for years, and I'm not so sure this bird is an emu. It looks more like a Reah.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 02/08/08 - 11:36 am
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couldn't they charge him with

couldn't they charge him with jaywalking? or disturbing the peace?

kiddspur
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kiddspur 02/08/08 - 11:36 am
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Could have been a Hillary

Could have been a Hillary campaigner out looking for supprt!

kiddspur
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kiddspur 02/08/08 - 11:37 am
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Could have been a Hillary

Could have been a Hillary campaigner out looking for supprt!

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TrukinRanger 02/08/08 - 12:41 pm
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that sure is a big ole
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that sure is a big ole chicken...

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 02/08/08 - 02:37 pm
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its now a jail bird

its now a jail bird

Farful
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Farful 02/08/08 - 02:54 pm
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you're right pat....they all

you're right pat....they all look alike

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 02/08/08 - 03:07 pm
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Hey.......didn't this bird

Hey.......didn't this bird used to be on TV? Maybe he got lost on the way to Sesame Street.

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jusanote 02/08/08 - 04:23 pm
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Hey CSRAider, yeah they

Hey CSRAider, yeah they finally locked him up, but he will probably get off on a technacality, because the jails are overcrowded!!

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DeborahElliott2 02/08/08 - 04:24 pm
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If nobody wants him, I will

If nobody wants him, I will take him, he looks so adorable!

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LizardMan1234 02/08/08 - 05:17 pm
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This is not an emu, its just

This is not an emu, its just a chicken displaying the effects of global warming!!!

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KSL 02/08/08 - 07:03 pm
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No LizardMan, not global

No LizardMan, not global warming, he's just been living somewhere on the Savannah River Site, soaking up left over nuclear contamination. He finally made a break for it and managed somehow to get over the river.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/08/08 - 07:48 pm
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ksl, I think you're right.

ksl, I think you're right. Get a picture of a Carolina Wren and blow it up real big. It looks just like the picture in the paper.

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KSL 02/08/08 - 08:08 pm
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PT, any babyboomer worth his

PT, any babyboomer worth his salt and growing up in the 50's knows what happens to insects and animals exposed to radiation. They become enormous and then terrorize the public.

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KSL 02/08/08 - 08:18 pm
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Hey PT, a carolina wren made

Hey PT, a carolina wren made a nest in my paper box in 1974 or 1975, don't remember the exact year, I called the Aiken Standard to ask them just to toss the paper in the yard so as not to disturb the mom. Next thing I know, it was posted on the front page in a column called "Have You Heard." You have to know that was back before we had so much crime and news was pretty slow.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/09/08 - 06:52 am
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ksl, lol

ksl, lol

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