An emu triggered a fire brigade operation in Gevelsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia. The escaped ratite wandered through the city in a “panic” state on Sunday, the local fire department reported on Monday. Emergency services caught him with a net and initially temporarily placed him in a transport cage.

The origin of the emu was initially unclear. While firefighters wanted to drive him to a game gate, passers-by recognized the animal and gave the crucial clue to the owner. The bird, named Tanja, was then returned to its home enclosure.

Emus are large flightless birds native to Australia.