Escaped emu raises a big flap in Johnson County

OLATHE, Kansas (AP) – An escaped emu has been captured after causing a flap at a Johnson County park.

The flightless bird was found running loose Wednesday morning at Kill Creek Park in the western part of the county.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District field biologist Matt Garrett says park staff managed to herd the creature into a building. By later in the day, officials believed they had located the emu’s owner, a nearby landowner.

Garrett says the emu wasn’t mature.

Kansas Emu Association secretary Mike Martin says emus are native to Australia and can grow to be 6 feet tall and weigh 100 to 120 pounds. They are raised for meat, leather, eggs and oil.

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