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Emu went missing from Lithia property, found days later

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 08, 2017

Great news!  Easter, the emu that went missing from its owner's Lithia property last weekend has been found! 

The owner didn't have to look far for the giant bird either, Wayne Lohf says he and a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy spotted the emu in a nearby pasture.

There were reports that the emu had been spotted last weekend around 301, but those reports were unconfirmed. The owners even tried posting to Facebook, hoping someone would spot their emu.

Once the deputy and Lohf caught the bird, they sat it in the bed of Lohf's truck until they could get it back where it belonged.

The emu's primary residence is on County Road 39 in Lithia. 

The owner says they are just glad Easter is back safely and not hurt.

An emu is the second-largest living bird by height, after its relative the ostrich. The flightless bird can grow to more than six-feet tall and can weigh nearly 90 pounds. They are extremely fast and can run faster than 30 miles per hour.