Emu chick on the run in North Wales

Family puts up posters after emu chick Zag goes missing

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Family appeal: Have you seen our missing emu?

The public are being asked to help in the search for an emu chick missing from its home.

Lindsey bought the emus as a present for her husband Patrick. Credit: Geoff Abbott

The three-month old male chick called Zig escaped from its pen on Monday with its sister chick called Zag which were hatched from eggs bought on eBay. Zag had since turned up in a neighbour's garden.

Patrick Wright, from Bala in Gwynedd, was given the birds as an "unusual" present for his 57th birthday from his wife Lindsey.

They escaped on Monday afternoon and we searched and searched but couldn't find them. Next day the neighbour drove up and said I've got a big chicken in the back of my car and of course it was one of the missing emus that he'd found in his garden. The emus have been hand reared and are very tame so they might struggle to survive in the wild. We're just worried about foxes and badgers because they are very friendly and tame.

– Patrick Wight

Patrick who lives with his family on a smallholding in Llangywer forest says the missing emu is around two feet tall. Eventually the birds grow to six feet and can then look after themselves.

On Wednesday the family put posters up around the village of Llangower asking anyone who sees Zig to contact them or the park wardens.

Three-month-old Zig came home after one night and was Credit: Geoff Abbott

The family live on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and hope visitors to the area will keep an eye out for their missing emu.

Emus are a native species of Australia and are the second largest bird in the world after the ostrich.

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