Massachusetts police used sock to calm emu that ‘terrorized’ community
Eventually, someone had the idea to play emu noises from their phone to try to attract the bird.
Sgt. Jason Reilly, one of the officers on the mission, said that when the bird got close, one police officer “took his sock off and put it over the emu’s head” — which is apparently a way to calm them down — and the cops then led the bird home.
“In a joint operation with the Animal Control Officer and the Franklin Police Safety Division, Officer Rosa and Sgt Reilly were able to bring the Emu home where it can no longer terrorize motorists of Lincoln Street,” the department wrote online. “No job too small no bird too big!”
Emus are the second-largest bird by height in the world, after the ostrich (and they’re not nearly as amiable or easy to find as another popular big bird that tends to confine itself to one particular street). It’s unclear how tall the emu spotted in Franklin was, but it certainly wasn’t native to the area, as the birds call Australia home.