MARICOPA — Some Arizona state troopers had an unusual morning on Aug. 6, chasing an 80-pound emu on a highway outside of Maricopa.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety received a call at 11:15 a.m. about an emu running in the intersection of State Routes 84 and 347, with people running after the large bird, according to Bart Graves, media relations specialist for DPS.

The emu was then located at Wild West Ranch. According to Graves, the owner of the bird was trying to capture it with the help of several others. One trooper was able to secure the bird with his patrol vehicle to prevent the emu from running in the roadway.

The trooper, the owner and others were able to throw a tarp over the emu and secure the bird on the ground. Eventually, the bird was put in the back of a pickup truck and taken back to its pen, according to Graves. The bird was exhausted, according to the DPS Twitter page, and was brought home to a cool bath.

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