It's not an ostrich: Emu causes Atlanta-area highway traffic jam, then returns to owner

c0f3ed2d6348f516760f6a706700aafa.jpgIn this photo provided by the Douglas County (Ga.) Sheriffs Office, a handler holds on to an emu that wandered onto Interstate 20 west of Atlanta and slowed traffic, Tuesday morning, May 19, 2015. Authorities said the bird escaped from a private owners property. (Alex Roman/Douglas County Sheriffs Office via AP)(The Associated Press)

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( ) that authorities in Douglas County received calls about a big bird running around Interstate 20 early Tuesday morning.

Douglas County sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel says the emu had gotten loose from a private owner who lived nearby.

Several deputies corralled and captured the flightless bird. Daniel says it appeared to be scared but was not injured and was returned to its owner.

This is not the first instance of an unexpected animal wandering across I-20. In 2010, DeKalb police say a bison either fell or jumped out of a truck on the highway. The animal suffered broken legs and was euthanized.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,