Cops Tase, Kill Renegade Emu

Bird dies after state troopers are forced to tase it
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 1:31 PM CDT
Animal control officer Rochelle Ferrera rubs Plop-Plop, a female emu under the chin, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008,at the Bay County Animal Control Center in Panama City, Fla.    (AP Photo/The News Herald Panama City, Fla., Jonas Hogg)
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(Newser) – An Emu ran wild on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for two hours Monday and died after state troopers used a taser on it, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Motorists said the bird ran up and down the shoulder of the road until getting stuck in traffic lanes with high barriers on either side.

Troopers decided to stun the emu after a long chase. "I think what happened is after about two hours of running on the roadway, it probably had a heart attack," an officer said of the bird's death. He said the bird didn’t belong to any local farmers and thought it might have escaped from a truck.