Emu caught after running wild on Interstate 10

An emu was on the loose on I-10 west of Phoenix.

An emu was on the loose on I-10 west of Phoenix.

Phoenix, AZ — Reports of an emu loose on Interstate 10 spurred troopers to investigate Friday morning.

And sure enough, the bird was found, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr.

The emu was initially said to be in the area of milepost 64 near Harquahala west of Tonopah.

Mehr said the U.S. Department of Agriculture had been notified. They were sending crews to assist.

The emu is the largest bird native to Australia and the second largest bird in the world, behind the ostrich, according to the website a-z animals. The bird can grow up to 6.5 feet high.

When running, the emu’s stride can be almost 9 feet long, sandiegozoo.org says.

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