- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOW, N.H. (AP) - In a story Sept. 28 about the return of an emu that had been on the loose in New Hampshire, The Associated Press reported erroneously the job of a man who took the bird back to Vermont. Kermit Blackwood is the curator at Taft Hill Farm, not the owner of the emu.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Loose emu recognizes farm worker, returns home in back of a Prius

Emu famous for weeklong New Hampshire romp recognizes farm worker, is sent home in back of a Prius

BOW, N.H. (AP) - An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been returned home safely to Vermont in the back of a Toyota Prius.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/1LX460C ) Taft Hill Farm curator Kermit Blackwood figured it was a long shot that the emu loose in New Hampshire was Beatrice, an emu from the farm. It wasn’t until the Townshend, Vermont, resident traveled roughly 80 miles to the Henniker-based wildlife rehabilitation center Wings of the Dawn that he knew for sure.

Wings of the Dawn manager Maria Colby said she knew the emu recognized Blackwood as soon as they were reintroduced Sunday.

The emu moved closer to Blackwood and rolled its neck toward him, possibly recognizing him by the jacket he was wearing, Colby said.

Blackwood says Taft Hill Farm had lost two other emus about a month ago. One died after being attacked by another animal and the other was found in a neighboring town.

Getting Beatrice ready to go home wasn’t easy. Blackwood and a farm worker struggled a bit to put her into the trunk of their Prius, with the back seats folded down for extra space.

The 90-minute ride back to the farm went smoothly, after they removed a sock from the emu’s head, Blackwood said.

“Everything is well,” he said. “Beatrice is home.”

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