Escaped emu captured at Prince George, BC airport with help from local farmer
VANCOUVER – Staff at the Prince George, BC airport say that seeing animals like bears and moose in the field is pretty normal.
But not the emu.
That was the reality last Monday, when the big brown bird made its way along an access road and onto airport property.
“It’s a really unusual sighting,” said Chrisie Berry, community relations manager at Prince George Airport, in an interview with CTV News Vancouver. “Emus are not exactly native to this region.”
Berry says she first saw social media posts about the emu roaming the city and started following the story.
Then she received a video of the bird unable to fly to the airport and alerted the airport operations group.
“They already knew the bird was there, so they were just hanging out with him, keeping their distance and not stressing him out, just watching him, making sure he doesn’t go somewhere he shouldn’t be.” , she said. said.
Berry says she then hopped in her car and drove to the airport to help with the emu she estimates to be at least 5 feet.
“But most of it is a long neck and long legs,” she says.
The bird did not wander to the airfield and generally left personnel alone, Berry said, adding that it never became a threat to flight operations. She says the emu was there for about three hours.
“We wanted it removed from airport property. It’s the best case scenario so that we don’t end up with a problem, ”she said.
Berry says that normally conservation officers or animal control would help with the animals, but neither group had any experience with the flightless bird. So they worked with a local veterinary clinic that deals with exotic and large animals to find someone who could help surround the emu.
They pointed Berry at Brent Meise, the owner of the nearby Blackspruce Farm Tour.
“He’s got an emu, but it wasn’t his emu,” she said. “But, he was kind enough to hook up a horse trailer and come get it for us.”
She says Meise was the hero of the day.
Regarding the bird’s current whereabouts, CTV News Vancouver has contacted Blackspruce Farm Tour for more information.
“You never know what you’ll see at the airport and every day is different,” Berry says.