Emus leave Amish farm, later rounded up by Kentucky Down Under employees

HORSE CAVE, Ky. – An emu round up in Horse Cave stirred up a bit of excitement Monday afternoon.

At about 3 p.m., officials at Kentucky Down Under began getting phone calls when motorists along the L&N Turnpike saw the large birds wandering. Animal management director Mick McGill first checked to make sure the emus at Kentucky Down Under were still in their enclosure.

As soon as he determined that the emus weren’t theirs, he and his head zoo keeper set out to round up the four emus that had escaped their enclosure from an Amish farm just down the road from the park.

“They were pretty friendly emus,” McGill said. “We’ve had quite a bit of experience rounding up emus here. You get behind them and wave your arms is the best way to do it, and hope they don’t kick you.

“They’re not a herding animal so it’s not easy to keep them together,” McGill said.

“I took my head zoo keeper with me, guided them back in, rounded them up and got them home,” he said. “That’s not the nuttiest thing I’ve done in the last 24 hours.”

The animals were not injured.