CHEMAINUS, B.C. (NEWS 1130) – A routine morning patrol was anything but after Mounties in Chemainus had to taser an emu that was blocking traffic.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP found the emu on Chemainus Road, which had escaped from a nearby farm.
Police quickly decided the animal was a safety concern for passing pedestrians and drivers.
Coastal Animal Control was called to the scene to assist and attempts were made to calm the animal in order to safely remove it.
An emu that escaped from a #Chemainus farm this morning on #VancouverIsland is back home safe after disrupting nearby traffic for 30 minutes, then getting tasered by police. Mounties say the 100-pound bird had to be stunned after becoming agitated (Insert joke here). @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/jzqfT5QvN1
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 13, 2019
Mounties say the 100-pound emu was agitated and aggressive toward the officers. Along with Coastal Animal Control, they decided to stun the animal as the best way to minimize risk to human and bird alike.
The emu was secured by officers and transported safely to a nearby farm at the request of the emu’s owner.
It appeared to be uninjured from the incident.