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Eno the Emu

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Eno the Emu
Other name(s)Eno, Fluffy
🐈 🐕 🐎 SpeciesEmu
🏳️ Nation fromAmerican
Known forescaping and running wild
🏡 ResidenceOrange County, North Carolina
Named afterEno River

Eno the Emu is an emu that has been running wild in Orange County, North Carolina and Chatham County, North Carolina since at least June 26, 2019.[1][2] Attempts to capture it have been unsuccessful so far.

Escape and early sightings[edit]

The first known report of the emu was on June 26, in Chatham County, North Carolina. It subsequently crossed back and forth between Orange County, North Carolina and Chatham County, and it was sighted a handful of times, some in each county.[2] Orange County Animal Services made at least two attempts to capture the emu before July 19, when The New York Times interviewed Tenille Fox about her experiences trying to capture it. During that time period, the emu was sometimes referred to as "Fluffy". Eno is believed to have escape from a nearby emu farm, so Animal Services contacted emu owners and asked them if one was missing an emu. A Chapel Hill resident named John Brennan spotted the emu by Damascus Church Road, where it was crossing the road.[3]

Later sightings[edit]

At some point Eno moved to the area north of Chapel Hill, near Hillsborough and its namesake Eno River.[2][4][5] The emu was spotted by Hillsborough on July 30 before being seen again near Dodson Crossroads in the Bingham township on August 1.[6][7] Before that, it jumped on the roof of a car after it was startled when crossing a road; no damage was reported. Animal Services made more attempts to capture the Emu by directing it towards an area with barriers and a trailer it could run into. According to Bob Marotto, Animal Services is not planning on using tranquilizers because emus have feathers over their muscles, and instead will use food to lure it to an area where it can be more easily captured. No sightings have yet provided an opportunity for anybody to determine its gender, but estimates indicate that it is about 5 feet tall and about 100 pounds. The most recent known sighting was on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, on August 13.


Google Trends shows that the fame of Eno began to rise towards the end of July, and subsequently went up and down.[8] According to Tenille Fox, there had been another escaped emu about a decade ago, but she knew of no other recent cases of emu escape in the area.[2] Some local residents have taken videos of Eno, and multiple social media accounts have been created for him[4]. Many local and national media organizations have reported on Eno, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Chapelboro.[9] Travel + Leisure, in their story on Eno, incorrectly guessed that he might be named after Brian Eno, not the nearby river.[10] The Expedition School, in Hillsborough, North Carolina, used the emu as part of their lessons. Eno also starred in a marketing campaign for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors' Bureau, where a silhouette of him was depicted in local settings with the words "Have you seen this emu?"[5]

See also[edit]

  • Tamworth Two
  • North Carolina Zoo
  • Cincinnati Freedom
  • Yvonne (cow)


  1. "'Eno the Emu' Eludes Authorities, Draws National Headlines". Chapelboro. 2019-08-05. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Padilla, Mariel (2019-07-19). "Elusive Emu Remains at Large in North Carolina After More Than Three Weeks". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  3. "Escaped emu eluding capture in Orange, Chatham counties". CBS 17.com. 2019-07-16. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Moyer, Dakota (2019-08-15). "Hillsborough, Orange County Embraces 'Eno the Emu' Craze". Chapelboro. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Free bird: Since late June, an 'errant emu' has proven elusive to catch in Orange County". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  6. Scottie, Andrew, and Dillinger, Katherine. "There's an emu on the loose in North Carolina, and nobody's been quick enough to catch it". CNN. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  7. "'Eno' the emu – spotted in Hillsborough, still on the run". CBS 17.com. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  8. "Eno the Emu". Google Trends. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  9. Helmore, Edward (2019-08-07). "Catch him if you can: 'Eno the Emu' on the run in North Carolina". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  10. "An Elusive Emu Named Eno Has Been on the Run in North Carolina for Five Weeks". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 2019-08-17.

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