Emu wanders onto golf course

May 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM

YSTRAD MYNACH, Wales, May 22 (UPI) -- Animal authorities in Wales said a 6-foot-tall emu that wandered onto a golf course evaded capture for most of a day.

Sophie Daniels, an officer with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the bird was spotted wandering Sunday around the Bryn Meadows Golf Club in Ystrad Mynach and resisted attempts at capture, The Sun reported Tuesday.

"I was taken out in a golf buggy and I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the emu," Daniels said. "The bird came over to feed from me but as soon as I tried to capture her, she kicked so hard I had to let her go."

Golfers said they were undeterred by the bird and fed it snacks to keep it from interfering with their games.

Authorities said the emu's owner, who lives about two miles from the golf course, was eventually identified and was able to recapture the flightless bird and take it home.

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