PHOTO: The Emu that interrupted our lives on Friday made it nationwide! (Good Morning America, Reader Submitted Photos)
(Titled "Rainsville Emu Chase featured on Good Morning America" in Print)
By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Last Friday was supposed to be like any other Friday in Rainsville, but at approximately 2:30 pm, a strange sight was to be seen on Highway 35, near Burger King.
For those who are not familiar with these birds, emu’s are the second largest species of bird; second only to the ostrich. They are native to Australia, but many are kept as domesticated animals in the United States.
The emu weaved in and out of traffic, and brought the busy highway to a standstill. The Rainsville Police Department responded, and made their best attempts to capture the large bird. Eric Samples, a Labor Foreman at Sand Mountain Electric Co-op, was filmed trying to lasso the emu. Amanda Stephens captured the whole debacle and posted it to Facebook.
The story made it all the way to the national media, being featured a few days later on Good Morning America; entertaining viewers all over the country and putting Rainsville on the map! The Emu made not only one appearance, but was even featured again this morning!
While this giant bird gave us plenty of laughs, sources were sad to report that the famous Rainsville emu is no longer with us. Authorities could not capture the emu without being injured themselves, and the bird was euthanized.
So we thought we’d pay tribute to our feathered friend with pictures submitted by our readers. We will always remember you for giving us something out of the ordinary on what should have been a normal Friday!