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Emu caught in Kansas park

Oct. 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

DE SOTO, Kan., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A Kansas parks official said a young emu caught while running loose at a public park was the first of his species he had encountered in the state.

Matt Garrett, a field biologist for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, said the large flightless bird, which is native to Australia, was spotted Wednesday at Kill Creek Park and staff "wrangled and herded" the animal into a building, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Thursday.

"That was pretty interesting," Garrett said.

Garrett said officials were able to get in touch with a nearby landowner believed to be the emu's owner.

Mike Martin, secretary of the Kansas Emu Association, said the bird appeared to be young and likely hatched during the spring.

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