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Vancouver Island RCMP say safety forced them to Taser an emu

Mounties on Vancouver Island say they had to resort to drastic measures in an effort to get an errant emu out of the way of highway traffic.

Police say after several attempts to capture the animal in Chemainus on Tuesday, officers decided the best course of action was to use a Taser to stop the five-foot-seven-inch-tall emu from wandering back onto the road.

Police say the 100-pound animal escaped from a nearby farm and was a safety concern for passing motorists, pedestrians and residents.

After consulting with animal control officers, police say officers Tasered the emu, quickly secured it and took it to a nearby farm.

RCMP say the emu appeared uninjured by the jolt.

Staff Sgt. Chris Swain says their primary concern was the safety of both the public and the aggressive animal, and they’re pleased it ended with as little force as necessary.

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