Missing emu found and now resting in its Lisbon sanctuary

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LISBON — A missing emu was found Friday down the road from its home at the the Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue on Edgecomb Road.

“I think he was headed back here,” sanctuary owner Janet Tuttle said Friday evening. “He was on our property behind a neighbor’s house. He wasn’t deep in the woods.”

She said the 19-year-old male, The Bird, was spotted laying down at the edge of the woods by a girl watering her grandfather’s garden.

The girl exclaimed, “‘Oh my God,'” when she saw the 5-foot 4-inch tall emu, Tuttle said.

Tuttle, her husband and a volunteer used rope and a sheet to capture The Bird, “picked him up and put him in a golf cart” and drove him to the sanctuary just down the road.

“He was glad,” Tuttle said. “I think he’s tired.”

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Lisbon police, an animal control officer and volunteers searched the woods surrounding the 38-acre refuge after the emu wandered away Thursday.

Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary received the emu  roughly a decade ago after it was found running loose.

Treyson Greene, 3, of Lisbon, who lives down the road from Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue watches an emu pace in his enclosure at the Lisbon facility Friday afternoon. The emu was captured down the road and returned Friday, a day after it escaped. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

Treyson Greene, 3, of Lisbon, who lives down the road from Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue watches an emu pace in his enclosure at the Lisbon facility Friday afternoon. The emu was captured down the road and returned Friday, a day after it escaped. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

An emu named The Bird paces in its enclosure Friday after being on the lam the day before. It escaped from Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue in Lisbon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

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