Sad ending for runaway Emu in Ionia County

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Update: Earlier this week, Ionia County Dispatch asked the public for its help locating an emu after it went missing from a farm on Peck Lake Road.

Today we learn that the over-sized bird was located on Wednesday toward the back of the farm property and was later put down.

During a mating scuffle, "one jumped the fence right over top of here," Mary Tasma, the owner of Emu Endeavor farm told WZZM earlier this week. "Off [it] went, and we haven't seen it since," she said.

After days of searching, the bird was spotted but because of its quick speeds was unable to be caught. When one escapes, "we usually have to shoot them and put them down," Tasma said.

Originally posted: June 15, 2015 at 1:04 p.m.

Have you seen this bird?

Ionia County Central Dispatch posted a request for help on their Facebook page over the weekend after an Emu, an ostrich-like bird originally from Australia, went missing from the 1,000 block of E. Peck Lake Rd.

RUNAWAY: Missing from the 1,000 block of E Peck Lake is an EMU bird. Described as looking like a small ostrich. The EMU bird is black and gray and very fast. If located please contact us.-Dispatcher Bre-

Posted by Ionia County Central Dispatch E911 on Saturday, June 13, 2015


As of last night, officials still had no new information regarding the whereabouts of the bird, which can run at speeds upwards of 30 mph.

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If sighted, kindly call 616-527-0400.


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