2 emus escape from Woodbridge farm; one spotted on Seymour street

(WTNH Report It/ Gregg Valentine )


SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s not something you see everyday. Emus, wandering the streets, in Seymour.

Woodbridge resident and farm owner Woozie Wikfors says on Tuesday afternoon, her potbelly pig, Dexter, managed to break open a gate in her barn. As a result, several llamas, alpacas, ducks, turkeys, sheep, and emus escaped. Woozie was able to round most of them up.

“First I bought the pig in. I said you stay,” said Woozie.

Next came the sheep and alpacas.

“Once you catch one alpaca they tend to follow. They like to be with each other,” she said.

But two days later, two emus are still on the run. Stella and Mnck, yes that’s how you spell Mnck, were the first animals she ever took in. The 18 year old emus are a bonded pair, and never leave each other’s sides. She’s concerned because people have spotted the emus alone.

Stella was seen about 4 miles from the farm on Thursday morning.

“A bird came walking down. The size of the bird, I was pretty, liked, shocked. So I had to go get somebody else from my shop to make sure I wasn’t seeing things,” said Gregg Valentine.

(WTNH Report It/ Gregg Valentine )
(WTNH Report It/ Gregg Valentine )

Valentine and several coworkers tried to corner the emu. Stella managed to jump a fence and run away. Another sighting came in late Thursday afternoon, but Woozie thinks this time it was Mnck.
Woozie says Mnck came home but ran away again as they tried to capture her.

So what should you do if you see an emu????

“Mnck, well she’s a little bit aloof. He’s a cuddle bunny. You can pet him. He’ll put his head on your shoulder,” said Woozie.

Woozie says to be safe, it’s best to approach an emu from behind. Emus have large dinosaur type feet, and may jump and scratch if spooked.

Woozie says she’s concerned the emus will wander towards Beacon Falls, and may try to cross nearby Route 8. She said anyone who sees them can try to lure them with some bread or fruit, and call animal control.

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