Captured: Runaway Emu named ‘Dixie’ returned homeFree Access

Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Jason Wilson is pictured with the runaway Emu. The large bird was captured and returned home in Hamilton Township. (Photo courtesy of JCSO Facebook page)

A Hamilton Township resident had to do a “double take” Wednesday morning after she spotted what appeared to be a large bird in her yard.

The resident, Mindy Dalton, resides on Red Brush Road in Hamilton Township in Jackson County. Dalton called authorities at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, to report that there was an Emu in her yard, and she wasn’t sure who the Emu belonged to. She advised that this was the second time the Emu had been in her yard.

The Emu is the second-largest flightless bird after its relative the ostrich. It is found widespread across Australia; however, some people in the United States keep them as pets. Emu are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs. Emu can travel great distances, and when necessary, can sprint at 30 mph.

Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Jason Wilson arrived on scene at 12:19 p.m. Wilson was assisted by fellow Deputy Jesse Reynolds. Authorities were able to keep the large bird in Dalton’s yard, while they contacted the owner.

Authorities soon learned that the Emu was named Dixie, and her owner was Lora Wills. She arrived on scene not long after law enforcement to bring food to encourage Dixie to go back home.

The runaway Emu named “Dixie” can be seen on bodycam footage standing in a yard in Hamilton Township. The bodycam footage was taken by Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Jason Wilson. (Photo courtesy of JCSO)

Willis shared on Facebook after the event that she couldn’t be more thankful for the sheriff deputies help, and her neighbor who babysat Dixie when she escaped. Dixie returned home safe and sound after going on a short voyage away from home. Once home, Dixie ate and drank before going to sleep.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) had shared on social media that “it’s not every day we wrangle animals, especially Emu.”

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