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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Maryland trooper kills emu on the lam

An emu that got loose in Rhode Island.
Maryland State Police say a trooper shot and killed an emu that had been on the loose for two weeks, blocking traffic and disrupting a neighborhood in the town North East in Cecil County.

The trooper shot the large, flightless bird July 1 in the woods off Irishtown Road after residents complained about it. Police say the bird appeared sickly but behaved aggressively.

Although the emu had been on the loose for weeks, officials were unable to find its owner.

State Highway Administration workers removed the dead emu from the woods on Tuesday.

By Associated Press  |  09:04 AM ET, 07/08/2011

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