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Priuses, Beemers, and emus? 6-foot-tall bird captured in Southern California traffic

This photo provided by the Tustin Police Department shows an escaped emu on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Tustin, Calif. The big bird was safely corralled into a backyard pen it shares with two other emus. A police statement says there was no threat to public safety. (AP Photo/Tustin Police Department)

This photo provided by the Tustin Police Department shows an escaped emu on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Tustin, Calif. The big bird was safely corralled into a backyard pen it shares with two other emus. A police statement says there was no threat to public safety. (AP Photo/Tustin Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

It's not every day you see a 6-foot-tall bird running in traffic.

But Tustin police say that was the report Tuesday morning when an emu (EE'-moo) got loose from a backyard pen.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1trRZVY ) says officers were called to a quiet residential area shortly before 11:30 a.m.

By the time they got there, neighbors had safely corralled the big bird and returned it to a pen it shares with two other emus.

A police statement says there was no threat to public safety.

The emu is a flightless Australian bird that resembles an ostrich. It's the second-largest bird in the world after the ostrich and can sprint at up to 30 mph.

Authorities say it's legal to own emus in Orange County with the proper zoning.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com