Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 19th, 2012
Forget about Champ and the Lake Champlain Monsters. There’s an escaped emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) that’s been getting all of the anomalous sightings up near the lake of late.
If you want an emu of your own, here’s your chance.
An elusive runaway emu in Vermont has laughing residents in communities on Lake Champlain watching the roads and yards as they drive and walk about.
The 150-pound flightless bird resembles a small ostrich or rhea. Vermont’s escapee has been spotted wandering around in Grand Isle and South Hero since it escaped from a local farm five weeks ago.
It was spotted again February 17th, outside the South Hero elementary school, where it walked by a window of the principal’s office. School worker Steve Berard tried to lasso it with an extension cord, but it broke free.
The emu’s owner told WCAX-TV he bought three emus for his grandchildren but they don’t make great pets.
He’s taken out an ad in a local newspaper saying, “Free emu if you can capture it.”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.