The emu named Kermit was being handled by a Haverhill woman who temporarily cares for animals in need of homes. On Wednesday morning, the woman was in the process of transporting Kermit to a farm in Maine when the bird tried to make a quick getaway. According to a resident who saw the incident, a gust of wind blew open a gate to the property where the bird was being held, and Kermit ran.
The bird calmed down after being given a pear from a nearby pear tree and was carried to safety.
The police did not have to shoot it eight times. Although that was a different time; in the intervening decade and a half, the Carbondale police force undoubtedly has gotten some armored vehicle remainders from the United States Government and can now simply run down the bird with an MRAP if they don’t have a pear handy.