Rogue Emu Gets On Florida Bridge – Blocks Traffic For Hours

Drivers on a Florida bridge got a huge surprise on Sunday when a runaway emu blocked traffic on the bridge for quite some time.

The Australian bird wandered onto Florida Route 19’s Howey Bridge in Tavares on Sunday afternoon and refused to leave. Drivers could not believe their eyes when they saw what was happening!

“My husband said something was going on in the road and this vehicle went around and he was, like, ‘There’s something on the road, I think it’s a llama,’ and I was, like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s an emu,'” said witness Kandy Cartier. “I didn’t even think about it, I was, like, ‘I have to get this little guy off the road.’ As it’s happening I’m like, ‘Only in Florida would this happen, I have to tape this — no one is going to believe me.'”

Cartier whipped out her phone and started recording after she and another woman got out of their cars and approached the bird.

“It had a sock on its head and it had a lease on it. She went to pull the sock off and I was, like, ‘No, no, no.’ It started getting up so I was trying to like shoo it off the bridge. I mean, we were dead in the middle of the bridge,” Cartier said.

Cartier went on to say that she tried to guide the emu off the road, but the animal kept running back onto the road. Finally, Tavares police and Lake County Animal Control arrived to take the bird into custody, and they were then able to return the animal to it’s owner.

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