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Family celebrates Doug the emu's return home after he escaped on Monday

With the help of the local community and social media, Doug was safely returned to his owners on Tuesday

HURDLE MILLS, N.C. — A North Carolina family is celebrating the safe return of their emu, Doug, who escaped from his home early Monday.

According to the owner's Facebook page, the emu made a run for it after snapping the electrical wire on their fence. Since then, there were multiple sightings of Doug speeding around the Hurdle Mills area toward Roxboro. 

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The owners enlisted the help of Person County Animal Services (PCAS) to safely capture and return Doug the emu to his home. 

They also put the word out on social media, making Doug somewhat of a local celebrity. According to PCAS, "Doug the emu has apparently become famous overnight."

The owners describe Doug the emu as "very friendly and curious." Hopefully, Doug was able to explore his curiosity while he was zooming around Person County.  

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WCNC Charlotte is happy that Doug the emu is back home, safe and sound.  


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