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Large flightless bird closes Indiana highway

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 28 2014 Oct 28, 2014 October 28, 2014 10:06 AM October 28, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

PERU, IN - Police say a large flightless bird forced the closing of a northern Indiana highway for about 10 minutes while officers and motorists tried to corral it.

The 5-foot-tall bird called a rhea escaped from a farm Monday and ran onto U.S. 24 near Peru, about 80 miles north of Indianapolis. Rheas are native to South America and similar to ostriches and emus.

State Police 1st Sgt. Bob Burgess tells the Kokomo Tribune an animal control officer shot the bird with a tranquilizer dart but the bird fled into traffic. Meanwhile, officers contacted the previous owner of the bird, who arrived on the scene and was able to tackle it.

Burgess says the previous owner loaded the bird into a pickup truck and returned it to its new owner.

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