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Sep 20, 2015 4:19 PM

Bow's emu rescued from the woods, now safe at Henniker bird sanctuary


BOW - The mysterious emu wandering the woods over the past week is now safely in custody and will be cared for at a sanctuary in Henniker.

The Wings of Dawn Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Bird Sanctuary assisted in the capture of the large, ostrich-like bird.

"He's in a large cage right now. He's got plenty of food; he's got plenty of water," Maria Colby, who runs the sanctuary with help from some community volunteers, according to their website.

The bird has a 100-foot by 20-foot cage. "He's comfortable," she said.

The large bird had been seen repeatedly near Hunter Drive, Brown Hill Road and Hampshire Hills Drive, and police were seeking information from anyone who might know where the bird had come from.

Ed King, who lives on Brown Hill Road, and other neighbors worked together to capture the bird.

"When we went to put it in the cage, it tried to stand up," King said. "It took a couple of us to push down on it to keep the bird from getting out of the cage."

It's still unclear where the big bird came from but for now his home is at the Henniker sanctuary with plenty of food, water and care from volunteers.

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