Escaped emus stranded on mountain in Utah
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (KUTV) - Friends in Need Animal Sanctuary are searching for two 200-plus pound emus that escaped Tuesday night.
“They panicked and escaped. They got out the main entrance and headed for the hills,” Kim O'Donnell, Friends in Need owner said. “This normally does not happen. Last night was a fluke.”
On horseback and on foot, volunteers scoured the mountainside all day Wednesday with no luck. They spotted the female, Kevin, on the highest peak of Eagle Mountain, but were unable to reach her.
“They’re getting tired and hungry,” O’Donnell said as he came down the mountain.
He was concerned the emus wouldn’t survive a second night on their own.
“We’ve had them for years. They’re family. All these animals out here are family. And whenever we lose one, it’s a sad, sad thing. They’re priceless to us because they’re our kids.”
O’Donnell said the six-foot tall, flightless birds keep to themselves, are easily spooked, and would not harm humans.
“Very docile, they won’t hurt you. It’s best if you see them, not to approach them. Just let us know where they are,” he said. “They’re not very smart, unfortunately, or else they’d be back home.”
Volunteers are heading back up Eagle Mountain Thursday. O’Donnell hoped to find a drone to use to search for the other Emu, Clyde.