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Four escaped emus on the loose in Danville

Animal control officials in Vermillion County, Ill., said four emus are on the loose after escaping from a farm in Danville. <a href="https://pixabay.com/photos/emu-from-australia-bird-portrait-3479506/">Photo by christels/Pixabay.com</a>
Animal control officials in Vermillion County, Ill., said four emus are on the loose after escaping from a farm in Danville. Photo by christels/Pixabay.com

July 29 (UPI) -- Residents of an Illinois county are being warned to keep an eye out for four loose emus that escaped from their owner's property.

Vermilion County Animal Control officials warned residents in the Danville area to contact authorities if they spot the flightless birds and not attempt to capture them, as the flightless animals could severely injure a person with their sharp claws.

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The owner of the animals said he believes some kids damaged his fence at 4D Farms in Danville, allowing the emus and some cows to escape.

The emus were seen chasing people in Danville on Thursday evening and one of the animals was spotted near the Danville mall late Friday morning.

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