Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Strange and Inexplicable Event Posts--Whenever!

Monday Sep 21, 3:25 pm ET

Forest, Miss. Officers had to use a stun gun and handcuffs to capture an emu running loose on Interstate 20 in central Mississippi on Sunday. Police Officer Keley Culpepper told WLBT-TV in Jackson that motorists had been calling 911 since Friday to report sightings of two Emus on I-20 and nearby U.S. Highway 80.

Authorities had been unable to find the animals until Sunday, when one was spotted near the I-20 ramp. The big bird was dodging traffic. Culpepper and deputies were able to surround the animal but had to sue the Taser and handcuffs to finally get it off the road.

After being captured, the animal was taken to the ScottCounty Forest Coliseum.

This post is to introduce what I hope will be a regular event on this blog--Strange and Inexplicable Events!

When will they post--whenever! How else could they be strange and inexplicable?

The Emu is native to Australia, and stands six feet six inches tall. They run at the economical speed of 31 miles per hour. There are a lot of them in Australia--but how was one found on a freeway in Mississippi?

Strange and inexplicable!


Heidi the Hick said...

Emus are awesome - see the look on that big bird's face!

Believe it or not, there was a farm down the road raising emus for a few years. Apparently their meat is very tasty and low fat, and their feathers are often used for crafts (think of those feather boas dyed in bright colours, the kind little princesses wear for halloween).

Maybe they migrated to south of the border, haha!

marsh to the fore said...

Aha! So that explains it!That emu was on the lam.

If it was being raised for it's meat and feathers it found a lot better spot because of its adventure on the freeway.

Erin Halm said...

What a bizarre thing! Did they ever figure out where they came from? I remember once when I was living in DC, they found a mother bear and her baby cub on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Apparently they had come down from the mountains (which honestly aren´t that close to the Parkway)probably looking for food. They had to get a special team to capture them and bring them back. But even that is less strange than two emus. Maybe they escaped from the zoo?

marsh to the fore said...

That's what I figure but honestly, I don't know!

One of the gals in my new writing class, who is from New Caledonia, which is between Australia and Tahiti, says they're nasty birds--she had one peck her on the head once!

I think I should include this tasty update on my next Strange and Inexplicable Events Post!