PILGER, NE (AP)--Anyone missing an emu in northeast Nebraska might check with Dean and Kim Thies.

The Thies discovered the 10-foot, ostrich-like bird Oct. 5 in a hay field on their farm northwest of Pilger.

The bird, sometimes raised for meat, would allow Mr. Thies to get within 10 feet before running.

The Thies left their farmstead Oct.5 for a local high school football game. When they returned home, the emu was gone.

It was last seen heading west.

Anyone spotting the bird should call local authorities and should not approach it or try to apprehend it, officials say.

The bird can be dangerous because it kicks forward with powerful, sharp-clawed feet, and its long neck provides a powerful peck from far away.

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