Farm owners successfully retrieve runaway emus in Lau Fau Shan

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18th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The owners of a local farm in Lau Fau Shan managed to safely recapture their three escaped emus on Thursday morning. The large flightless birds had made their unexpected dash for freedom two days prior due to an accidental oversight.

At approximately 9am today, the towering emus were spotted near the vicinity of Kai Pak Ling Road and Fung Kong Tsuen Road, prompting concerned onlookers to notify the authorities for assistance.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) swiftly responded to the scene to assess the situation. Upon examination, it was confirmed that the wandering creatures were Australian emus, known for their distinctive appearance and stature.

The escaped emus, all fully grown adults, measured between 1.5 to 1.8 meters in height. Originating from a local farm in Lau Fau Shan, they were legally owned and possessed the necessary permits.

According to farm staff, the emus’ escape was attributed to a potential oversight by volunteers who failed to secure the gates two days ago.

The first two emus were discovered in the middle of a road and were promptly returned to their relieved owners.

The final emu was found by a concerned villager surnamed Wu at around 7 a.m. today, taking refuge in a drainage area. Recognizing the need for immediate action, she provided the emu with water and promptly contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), fearing that stray dogs might pose a threat to the bird’s safety.

With some difficulty, the owner managed to capture the last elusive emu and safely bring it back to the farm.