PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A 6-foot-tall emu led a half-dozen pest control workers on a 90-minute chase through woods and brush before the flightless bird was snared and then gang-tackled.
Gene Ham has caught raccoons, opossums, coyotes, deer, squirrels, foxes and other critters in his job with Jones/Hill Pest Control, but Tuesday's chase was his first encounter with an emu, an ostrich-like bird native to Australia.
"That was by far the toughest thing we've ever caught," Ham said. "It was quick, and it put up a tough fight once we caught it."
The emu, wrapped in a blanket and with shredded duct tape clinging to its clawed feet, was taken to The Zoo near suburban Gulf Breeze after being caught west of Pensacola near Perdido Bay.