LENOIR, N.C. (WJZY) — Police officers in North Carolina made quite a heroic capture over the weekend…not of a suspect, but of a massive bird.
‘Kevin,’ the female emu from a farm in Moravian Falls, traveled more than 30 miles and ended up in a quiet residential neighborhood.
“I actually asked for clarification on the radio to make sure I heard it right,” said Sgt. Martin Crisp of the Lenoir Police Department, who helped rescue Kevin.
When neighbors on Eastwood Park Drive SE saw the emu taking a stroll across their front lawns, they didn’t know what to think.
“Fear. It’s a giant bird. And they have huge talons,” Matt Bocox said with a laugh.
After throwing out some birdseed, the Bocox family realized Kevin seemed friendly enough. Then, the real fun began.
“I gave it a two-hand feeding,” said nine-year-old Orion Bocox. “It just felt like a little pinch.”
Neighbors say it took three police cruisers, two animal control vehicles, and a horse trailer to wrangle the bird. Eventually, Crisp used a dog leash to carefully maneuver her. For those on the scene, it was certainly a first.
“When you go to a call, you think of a million things on the way there. When I got to the scene, I saw the family kind of wave me down, and then I looked over to the right side of my car and sure enough, there’s an emu standing in somebody’s front yard,” said Crisp.
It was a neighborhood bonding experience those on Eastwood Park Drive SE won’t soon forget, and a fun memory that will last a lifetime.
“I don’t think people will let me forget it,” Crisp said with a laugh.
“It was an interesting sight,” said Orion.