Deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office responded to an interesting call after an emu wandered onto the front yard of a St. Augustine, Florida, residence.
The sheriff’s office posted about the odd encounter with the bird on Facebook.
“ANIMAL RESCUE: Over the weekend, dispatch received an interesting call for service. An emu had wandered into the front yard of a residence it didn’t belong to,” the post read.
The post was accompanied by photos of a deputy escorting the emu off the property and into a patrol car to be transported to its owner.
Police successfully located the owner and were able to transport the bird back to its home.
“The Emu was transported without incident and reunited with his Emu family,” the post concluded.
Many people might be familiar with emus, flightless birds native to Australia, from the ubiquitous Liberty Mutual ad campaign.
According to the American Emu Association (AEA), the birds are bred in the U.S. for their medicinal oils and meat. The AEA is a nonprofit that aims to promote awareness of the animal, its products and industry.
Facebook commenters couldn’t resist cracking a few jokes.
“I bet that wasn’t on the schedule for the day, to lasso an emu?!” one person wrote. “I’m getting emu-tional!!” said another.