Missing your emu?


George resident Arline Hansen had a strange visitor last week

When George resident Arline Hansen saw an emu run across the road a couple weeks ago, she thought it was strange enough. A few days later, however, things got even stranger.

"The emu just showed up Tuesday (June 26)," she said. "We spotted it in our back field and went out to close the gate."

With her new visitor now closed in, Hansen is trying to figure out just how the emu ended up in Estacada, let alone her field.

"I know nothing about them, and I don't know anyone who owns one around here," she said. "It's contained, but it seems like a strange thing - you wouldn't find an emu wandering around just anywhere."

In attempts to locate the owner, Hansen called animal control, but because emus are birds, they fall outside animal control jurisdiction. With no clues surfacing, Hansen went to work researching how to properly care for the bird until its owner is located.

"They eat grass, flowers and seed, and they need water and there is plenty of that," she said. "I guess they don't even fly because they are too big."

For anyone with information about who the bird's owner might be, email Hansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "Emu" in the subject line.