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It was a nice day in Carrboro, but not for the emu [Bill Clinton, dead]
The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) ^ | May 18, 2007 | Leah Friedman

Posted on 05/18/2007 8:20:47 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost

CHAPEL HILL - Bill Clinton, a 6-foot emu on the run nearly a week, died Thursday after Carrboro police captured him outside a nursing home.

The cause of the flightless bird's death was in dispute: The manager of the Orange County Animal Shelter said police Tasered him. But a police spokesman said officers didn't use a Taser stun gun or tranquilizers. He said the bird injured himself as police tried to load him into a truck to take him to the shelter.

"My guess is it did something to its neck," Capt. J.G. Booker said.

Bill Clinton's flight was the latest and most spectacular of a string of Triangle-area emu escapes that ended in death.

During the past few years, there was been a push for emu farming in the area; the birds provide meat, oil, leather and feathers. However, many ventures failed, according to Sam Groce, a Chatham County agricultural extension agent. Some people kept the emus as pets, while others let them go when the farms foundered.

Myra Charleston of Tennessee, spokeswoman for the American Emu Association, said emus often escape if they are upset about something. She said her group works with police to help them capture escaped emus.

"You have to know how to handle them and come from behind," she said.

Bill Clinton took off Saturday from his pen in southern Orange County. Neighbors tried to capture him, owner Pat Sanford said, but it takes at least six people to corral a 125-pound bird with dinosaur-like claws.

On Tuesday, an emu was spotted near Cole Park Plaza in northeastern Chatham County. A man lured it into a neighbor's back yard with Cheerios. The next morning the bird jumped the 4-foot fence and took off.

Sanford isn't sure that emu was Bill. Chatham is a long way for a flightless bird to travel from Orange County, she said.

However, she was sure that Bill was the emu found Thursday on Smith Level Road in Carrboro. A police officer and Robert Nekoranec, a Carrboro animal control officer, tried to capture him.

He did not go quietly. Bill resisted and cut Nekoranec's hand and elbow, Booker said.

The officers "lassoed or subdued the emu," he said and tied him. Bill thrashed about and injured himself, Booker said. Two television helicopters swirling above could have added to the animal's stress, he said.

Jess Allison, the manager of the animal shelter, said the emu arrived unconscious and unresponsive. She said Nekoranec told her the bird had been Tasered.

"It came in, and it was in a sedated state," Allison said. "I don't know if it was Tasered or tranquilized. But I know they used some kind of chemical or physical restraint."

Veterinarian Claudia Sheppard tried to revive the bird, but it died soon after, Allison said.

Sanford, who rescued the bird seven years ago to give her other emu, Janet Reno, company, said Bill Clinton was a happy bird. "He loved watermelon and grapes," she said. And he always ate her red flowers.

Still, Sanford said she understands the officers had to think of the community's safety.

"I would much rather pick up the phone and find out he's dead than [hear] he's injured someone," she said. "I am glad, though, that he had as good of a life as he had."

Since Bill's escape, Janet has been sad, Sanford said. She has been lying down and sleeping a lot.

(Staff writer Lisa Hoppenjans contributed to this report.)


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Totally true.
1 posted on 05/18/2007 8:20:52 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost
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To: Lee'sGhost

What a letdown!


2 posted on 05/18/2007 8:21:46 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: Lee'sGhost

LMFAO


3 posted on 05/18/2007 8:21:51 AM PDT by wastedyears (I was opposed to Rudy in the mid 1990s when he took my fireworks away. I was but a little boy.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

D’oh! You gave me a start there.


4 posted on 05/18/2007 8:21:54 AM PDT by Obadiah (Iím always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize Iím listening to it.)
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To: Lee'sGhost
I wish Bill and his family the best.. may all his ‘chicks’ live a long life..
5 posted on 05/18/2007 8:22:13 AM PDT by mnehring (Enough with the clowns- time for a real man to step up - Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Lee'sGhost

I almost fell out of my chair.


6 posted on 05/18/2007 8:22:38 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

“He loved watermelon and grapes”

How about fried chicken?


7 posted on 05/18/2007 8:23:40 AM PDT by Disturbin (Welcome to society -- morons with keys)
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To: Lee'sGhost

That was cruel. :)


8 posted on 05/18/2007 8:23:49 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Gonna be a BIG Thanskgiving turkey this year..........


9 posted on 05/18/2007 8:23:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: Lee'sGhost

On first glance, I wanted to know what woman had broken Bill’s neck! Hillary wouldn’t do it now, it might harm her chances for the 2008 nomination.


10 posted on 05/18/2007 8:23:56 AM PDT by KingRonnie9
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To: Lee'sGhost

11 posted on 05/18/2007 8:24:38 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Lee'sGhost

Almost ran out for brandy and cigars.


12 posted on 05/18/2007 8:24:40 AM PDT by albie
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To: Lee'sGhost

Almost ran out for brandy and cigars.


13 posted on 05/18/2007 8:24:40 AM PDT by albie
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To: Lee'sGhost

Time for emu burgers! Those rock!


14 posted on 05/18/2007 8:24:41 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: KingRonnie9
Hillary wouldn’t do it now, it might harm her chances for the 2008 nomination.

If she did it with her own hands, yes. Don't forget the sympathy vote...

15 posted on 05/18/2007 8:25:06 AM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--You want to elect a conservative? Then support a conservative!)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Emu (s) are one mean creature. They will pluck the eyes out of any creature sharing a coral with them. Sorry this bird’s fate was death, but it doesn’t break my heart.

Who the hell named him Bill Clinton?


16 posted on 05/18/2007 8:25:08 AM PDT by poobear (Capitalism is judged by its flaws and worst examples, Socialism by promises and good intentions)
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To: Lee'sGhost; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Avian Arkancide?


17 posted on 05/18/2007 8:25:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: albie

LOL! Me, too.


18 posted on 05/18/2007 8:25:41 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

For a moment there I was hopeful.


19 posted on 05/18/2007 8:25:51 AM PDT by marsapan
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To: Lee'sGhost

Escaped while chasing a female emu, no doubt.


20 posted on 05/18/2007 8:26:16 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Lee'sGhost

To prevent duplication, please do not alter the title. Thanks.


21 posted on 05/18/2007 8:26:36 AM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: poobear

He must not have inhaled.


22 posted on 05/18/2007 8:27:00 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: Lee'sGhost

LOL

Orange County, huh? Did he stop over at the palatial Edwards Compound?


23 posted on 05/18/2007 8:27:47 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Lee'sGhost

My personal favorite.

“’You have to know how to handle them and come from behind,’ she said.”


24 posted on 05/18/2007 8:28:44 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Lead Moderator
Such a party pooper. It is Friday, you know.
25 posted on 05/18/2007 8:29:04 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Lee'sGhost

“You have to know how to handle them and come from behind,”

Sounds like something Bill Clinton would say.


26 posted on 05/18/2007 8:31:02 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: Constitution Day

;)


27 posted on 05/18/2007 8:31:03 AM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: Lead Moderator

Awh, man. You gotta put “Clinton” in there somewhere.


28 posted on 05/18/2007 8:31:23 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Lead Moderator

Have a brandy and a cigar at least, while you’re here. As someone else said, it is Friday. :)


29 posted on 05/18/2007 8:33:13 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lee'sGhost
Bill Clinton ... Carrboro police captured him outside a nursing home.

If only.

30 posted on 05/18/2007 8:33:52 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:(~)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL!


31 posted on 05/18/2007 8:36:29 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

32 posted on 05/18/2007 8:38:39 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: andyandval

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


33 posted on 05/18/2007 8:41:52 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: andyandval

ROFL!!!


34 posted on 05/18/2007 8:48:07 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Lee'sGhost
Bill Clinton's flight was the latest and most spectacular of a string of Triangle-area emu escapes that ended in death.



There is something about this sentence that 's leaving me feeling queasy
35 posted on 05/18/2007 9:05:07 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: trisham

lol


36 posted on 05/18/2007 9:25:45 AM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: Lee'sGhost
Emu wrangling is wimmin's work.


37 posted on 05/18/2007 9:50:09 AM PDT by Daffynition (The earth is like a tiny grain of sand, only much, much heavier.)
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To: andyandval

LOL!!


38 posted on 05/18/2007 9:55:01 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

39 posted on 05/18/2007 9:57:06 AM PDT by Daffynition (The earth is like a tiny grain of sand, only much, much heavier.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

40 posted on 05/18/2007 10:43:00 AM PDT by glock rocks (They'll never take me alive)
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To: glock rocks

Good job!


41 posted on 05/18/2007 10:59:31 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: glock rocks
HAHAHA! Why does he look like Mother Goose there?


42 posted on 05/18/2007 2:16:25 PM PDT by Daffynition (If a person says, "Go look in the sink" - don't.)
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