Emu lassoed on Arizona highway

Emu looks inside Arizona State Trooper patrol car after being spotted on I-10 near Phoenix

Story highlights

  • Emu spotted wandering along I-10 near Phoenix
  • Official used lasso to capture the bird

(CNN)It's not the usual type of suspect Arizona State Troopers take into custody -- this capture involved a long-legged big bird, wandering the highway.

Police were alerted after an emu was spotted on the Interstate 10 on Friday.
    "Wild day on I-10 west of Phoenix. Emu on the loose!!" Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr tweeted.
    Authorities were notified after emu spotted wandering along I-10 near Phoenix
    Authorities said the animal crossed the median and onto the dirt shoulder of the roadway, where it was safely contained.
    A state agricultural officer used a lasso to capture the bird and placed it into a transport trailer.
    "And the emu, and motorists are safe," Mehr tweeted.
    But the bird "unfortunately died on the way" to a care facility, Laura Oxley with the Arizona Dept. of Agriculture told CNN.
    How the emu got on the highway is a mystery.
    "We do not know where the emu came from. I am unaware of any emu farm in that area and, I believe, the Phoenix Zoo is the nearest zoo," Mehr told CNN.