Durham Schopfer heard keys jingling, stepped outside the barn and saw a handful of Animal Control officers running after something at Harmony Farm in Hillsborough.
“What are y’all chasing?” he asked.
“An emu,” said one of the officers.
“The famous one?” Schopfer asked.
He joined them on the chase for about an hour Thursday morning, recording it with his phone, before they gave up.
The bird was too fast and got away.
But they aren’t the only ones following the big bird, which was also spotted Thursday west of Carrboro and jumping on a car near Hillsborough on Wednesday.
The 5-foot, 100-pound bird has dodged authorities in Orange County for over a month.
After a Twitter account, @OCEmu1, was made for the emu last week, a Facebook account appeared Wednesday morning named “Eno Emu.”
Along with the account — which gained almost 900 Facebook friends in a day — came a Facebook event: “Eno Emu Search Party” this weekend.
Over 80 people have listed themselves as interested, some suggesting what snacks and drinks to bring.
Even the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has gotten in on it.
While the sightings ramp up, Orange County Animal Services urges residents to stay away from the bird unless they can safely fence it in.
If you see the emu, call:
▪ Orange County Animal Services: 919-942-7387
▪ Chatham County Animal Services: 919-542-7203
Staff writer Tammy Grubb contributed to this story.