Who would win in an odd battle between birds and cops? Strangely, it was the group of sheriff’s deputies in Alachua, Florida who ended up with cuts and scratches as a result of going after a fleeing and stubborn emu.
The bird apparently escaped from its cage and trespassed in a private property. The police received a trespassing call and had to respond. Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said: “The homeowner was contacted by someone who said there is a giant bird in your cow field.”
Making matters more strange than it already was is the added confusion that surrounded the animal: whether it was actually an emu or an ostrich. Rhodenizer said: “He didn’t have identification on him.”
Rural services deputies had a perfect idea in mind to get the animal using their portable corral to try to capture the bird, but the onery emu wouldn’t easily give up without putting up a gallant fight.
Rhodenizer said: “As they were trying to get him corralled, he started a fight and tried to escape.”
Several other deputies and a resident had to help out to finally capture the stubborn bird, but not before causing some injuries to responding deputies.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sorry for the delay <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyParas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AndyParas</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/mycbs4?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mycbs4</a> - we had a brief bird battle on our hands…the offender was on the loose, and fought with deputies - not a homeowner. Our guys are getting cuts and scrapes taken care of, and will be back at work. We may have a mugshot tomorrow.</p>— Alachua Co. Sheriff (@AlachuaSheriff) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlachuaSheriff/status/1055218387238948864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Rural services took the brunt of the bird’s attack, suffering cuts, and scrapes, though they intend to report back to work the next day even after sustaining the injuries.
Rhodenizer said of the affected deputies: “They’re still getting treated, a little cleaned up after the battle.”
The emu, on the other hand, is in custody in the livestock holding area unscathed.
The next priority of the authorities is to determine who owns the freedom-loving bird and to return it to its rightful owner, as the deputies are still at a loss where their “adversary” came from.