Maryland Police Kill Troublesome Emu

Friday, Jul 8, 2011  |  Updated 2:33 PM EDT
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An emu that was on the loose for two weeks in Maryland was shot and killed last week, the Cecil Whig reported.

A trooper shot the large, flightless bird in the woods off Irishtown Road on July 1, Maryland State Police said.

The emu had been blocking traffic and disrupting nearby neighborhoods.

Residents complained about the animal, which appeared to be sick and behaved aggressively.

Officials were unable to find the emu’s owner, so State Police decided euthanizing the bird was the most humane course of action.

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