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Wild emu chase ends with success

May 5, 2010 9:28:00 AM - thestate.com

Dauntless but “sure enough there was an ostrich runnin’ right by my nose so I couldn’t just sit by and do nothin’,” house painter Jerry Gibson armed himself with an electric drop cord Tuesday morning and took off running after the giant bird that ran 5 feet from his unbelieving eyes.

Gibson joined a fray of about a half dozen Tuesday morning that grew to dozens as the word spread that the ostrich – an emu really, but a big bird is a big bird – was strolling down Chestnut Street and East Main Street and other streets in the East Town neighborhood just east of downtown Rock Hill.

“Get him!” screamed Ginger Strong in her bed slippers.

“Get a rope!” howled animal rescuer Sheila Dover.

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