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Sheriff’s deputies in Fountain, Fla., turned to high-tech to bring down a runaway pet emu, the Panama City News Herald reports Thursday. They tasered the bird. Twice.
Deputies and animal control officers had been searching for the bird for several days after getting reports that it was chasing cars. Then they finally cornered the emu, named Plop-Plop, in a goat pen, the newspaper says.
But each time Bay County Sheriff Deputy Randolph Grob moved closer, Plop-Plop became highly agitated. “The thing went crazy,” Grob tells the newspaper.
Wary of Plop-Plop’s sharp talons and long legs, but unwilling to use a regular gun to subdue her, Grob says the officers zapped Plop-Plop with a Taser. When she still tried to make a run for it, they hit her again, the newspaper says.
That did the trick, they say, and before long Plop-Plop was happily accepting pats on the head from bystanders.