Truckers have pets such as dogs, cats, birds, or maybe a snake or two. But emus? That’s the pet of choice for Rickey Ashworth of White Plains, Alabama. Well, actually it’s for his daughter’s Future Farmers of America project.
Louie the Houdini Emu escapes again!!!
I think back to my time in high school and the long hours tolling on the farm for my livestock projects for the Future Farmers of America. The student organization is sometimes the only way inner city students learn where their food comes from and the vast network of agriculture, agribusiness and agri-science that is a part of our daily life.
Ashworth and his daughter have three emus — Heuy, Dewey and Louie, named after the trio of misfit nephews of Donald Duck. Well, Louie is a bit of an escape artist, having jumped the fence of his enclosure already back in September.
After a few days being on the lam, Louie was tracked down and returned to his pen where he promptly made another grand exit. Ashworth’s mother witnessed the escape, during which Louie bound over the fence, almost injuring himself when his claw caught itself in the fencing.
Emus are docile animals unless threatened, and they use their powerful legs to kick their assailants (think velociraptors). Emus have an impressive 30 mph ground speed, so chasing one down in a truck or ATV is dangerous.
Anyone who happens to run across a stray emu in the vicinity of White Plains, Alabama are urged to not agitate him and call law enforcement or Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at (334) 242-3486.