Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Gosh, it really is a supercenter

In the "wild west" of West Bend WI, they circled the carriages and kept him cornered. Even though it is a Wal-Mart Supercenter, they had not recently expanded their pet supply section to the parking lot.

On Monday, August 27 2007, the employees there were rounding up the shopping carts at approximately 6 am. It wasn't the ordinary cart round-up either, they were circling them around a wayward emu. According to police, the manager there continued to feed the emu grapes and apples in the makeshift pen, while the suspected owner was contacted. Richard Takacs, owner of Meadowbrook Market and Pumpkin farm, wasn't all that surprized when police told him that they suspected they had his bird.

"They can run 40 miles an hour, so that was just a quick sprint for Myron," stated Takacs.

Myron, a three year-old emu had escaped during the night with two other emus. they had been found in a nearby pumpkin field. Takacs speculated that Myron had been chased by a coyote and ran the two miles north to the 24-hour Wal-Mart store. He did retrieve the visably upset bird and put him a field by himself to let him feel safe and relax.

Emus can grow up to six feet tall and do not fly. They can weigh up to 100 pounds so fencing him in with shopping carts could not have been the easiest thing to do. It may have been the falling prices that had Myron on the run.......... I just hope none of the early morning shoppers think that Wal-Mart was running a special sale on really big birds for a holiday barbecue in the parking lot.

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