Emu spotted roaming in Tin Sau Road Park

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25th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) At 7.18am today, authorities in Hong Kong received a report of an Emu, wandering near the Tin Sau Road Park Basketball Courts in the Tin Shui Wai area. However, when the police arrived at the scene, they were unable to locate the bird. Currently, officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) are actively searching the vicinity for any signs of the elusive Emu.

Footage uploaded by netizens shows the alleged lost Emu sprinting along the road, undeterred by passing vehicles. Despite the presence of cars, the bird continued its unhindered journey. Amusingly, social media users commented with humorous remarks such as “Return to training after a break” and “The lost bird is enjoying its freedom.”

Upon contacting the Hong Kong Wetland Park, officials clarified that the missing Emu does not belong to their park. It is reportedly owned by a private farm in Lau Fau Shan. AFCD personnel have been deployed to assist in the search near the Wetland Park, but as of now, the Emu remains unaccounted for.

Last month, on the 18th, three Emus went missing from a farm in Lau Fau Shan due to a volunteer’s oversight in securing the enclosure. While two of the birds were subsequently found, the third remained elusive. Staff members tirelessly scoured the area and received valuable information from the public, including footage of the Emu wandering on the road amidst passing vehicles. Ultimately, the final missing Emu was located in Fung Kong Tsuen in Yuen Long, approximately 1.6 kilometres away from the farm.

Emus , are the second-largest living bird species in the world, surpassed only by the ostrich. They are native to Australia and are recognised as one of the country’s national symbols. Emus have three toes in a distinctive three-toed foot structure, unlike the two-toed feet of ostriches. Although they possess small wings, Emus are flightless. They stand between 1.5 to 2 meters tall and weigh around 45 kilograms, with males being slightly smaller in size. Emus are renowned for their fast and efficient running abilities, capable of reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour and covering strides of up to 3 meters.

While Emus are not considered endangered, importing them into Hong Kong for captivity requires a permit issued by the AFCD. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department regulates the importation of birds and animals in order to prevent the spread of animal diseases, in accordance with Cap 139 of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Regulations.