Animals

Police used a pear to corral Kermit the emu after the big bird bolted in Haverhill

Kermit escaped from the property of a local resident who cares for unwanted animals, authorities said.

Haverhill Animal Control brought this emu to safety Wednesday morning.

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities in Haverhill have corralled an emu after the large flightless bird was spotted roaming the streets of a city north of Boston.

The emu was reported Wednesday morning in Haverhill, about 35 miles north of Boston, and was captured two hours later.

The Eagle-Tribune reported that the emu, named Kermit, escaped from the property of a local resident who cares for unwanted animals. The resident had been preparing to transport Kermit to a farm in Maine when it fled.

Authorities say the bird was captured safely after it was given a pear from a nearby tree.

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Native to Australia, emus are the largest living bird after the ostrich and can reach up to nearly 100 pounds and a height of almost six feet. They run fast and can become aggressive.

Fans of the Australian children’s entertainers The Wiggles will likely recall their song “Move Like an Emu” from their popular Disney Channel television program in the 2000s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv3SMVgmunY

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