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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Emu dies after being tasered

September 3, 2008]
The Associated Press

NEW STANTON, Pa.—State police say they had to use a Taser on an emu, which died, because the flightless bird presented a danger on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh. Sgt. Anthony DeLuca says the bird created a backlog and nearly caused vehicles to crash into each other as it ran along the eastbound lanes Monday near the New Stanton exit, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

DeLuca says officers tried for two hours to capture the 4-foot-tall bird—even attempting to lasso it—but weren't successful. They opted for a Taser rather than using a gun, but the emu fell to the ground after it was shocked and died.

DeLuca says the emu didn't belong to any nearby farmers. Police say it may have escaped from a truck.


Anonymous said...

There goes that deadly excited delirium again...I find it odd that a taser often finds it's way to people and animals who are dying of excited delirium.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was high on cocaine.

Maybe it was suffering from "Al-co-hal With-drawl".

Maybe it had a "Pre-ex-is-ting Med-i-cal Con-di-tion".

Maybe it banged it's wee little head upon the ground.

Anonymous said...

Must have been a real party animal!

Deb said...

Has Taser, Int. bought off officials of the Veterinary Association with stock options yet?

I wonder if they've already thought of that...or if they're scrambling right now to make some deals before the autopsy.