Drones search for escaped emu in Shanxi

By Rebecca Unsworth, May 8, 2014

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Six drones are searching for a run-away emu, after the bird made a bid for freedom from a national botanical base in Linfen, Shanxi Province.

The drones were deployed by the National Chinese Yew Base and are charged with finding the escapee bird, which is native to Australia. The emu escaped from its pen on April 27 - the same day it was transferred to the base - after employees opened its cage door.

Five employees reportedly chased the runaway, before it disappeared into the surrounding forest. Villagers have since recorded sightings of the bird south of nearby Taiyue Mountain National Forest Park.

The base currently cultivates Chinese Yew, and plans to develop into an eco-tourism resort with an investment of 600 million yuan ($96 million).

[Image via Flickr]

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