Calvert County, Md.-(January 11th, 2005)
In recent weeks the Calvert County Animal Control Unit has responded to calls relating to large bird like animals running at large after leaving their farms. These animals were later found to be Emus which is a large swift running Australian ratite bird smaller than the Ostrich. These birds can do serious damage to a person by kicking them with their three toed feet with CLAWS. The bird can run up to 30 m.p.h. The first call was in the Dunkirk area the second call was in the Chesapeake Beach area. Both Emus were caught. One was taken back home to its farm and the other one was taken to the Tri County Animal Shelter where its owner reclaimed it.
If you own an Emu, please ensure that it is properly fenced in to prevent its escape and to prevent the animal from causing damage to property and injury to people.
The Calvert County Animal Control Unit also requests that anyone that owns an Emu to call the Animal Control Unit at (410) 535-1600 @ x2526. We are developing a list of Emu owners so if an Emu is located we can contact the owner immediately to assist in its return to their property.