It's been nearly a week since he's been on the run, but Lucy the emu is back where he belongs with owner Tim Genner.
Lucy has a female name but is a male bird. Several years after the emu was named, Genner says, he discovered Lucy was not female, but the name stuck.
The 16-year-old bird escaped from his Cassidy, B.C. farm Sunday when Genner forgot to lock the gate to the bird's pen.
Two days later, Lucy was spotted about 20 km north near the Colliery Dam in Nanaimo.
Friday night, Lucy was finally cornered in a backyard near the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University.
Genner says that's when the fun started.
Trying to wrestle a 70-kilogram emu that kicks like a horse into the back of a van isn't easy.
"There comes a point where they realize they are in a fight for their life they think," said Genner.
As he wrestled with the bird, Genner took a bit of a beating, suffering numerous bumps and bruises.
Genner says he's learned a valuable lesson.
"Don't get an emu for a pet," he advises. "If you do, make sure it's very well contained."
Genner had been using the Twitter account @Lucyontheloose to help track the bird.
Here's how Lucy's voyage looked
Sunday: Lucy flew the coop.
I'm lost! If anyone knows where I am, please call my buddy Tim at 250-591-6131, I'm sure he misses me. But I'm so going to be grounded...— Lucy the Emu (@Lucyontheloose) March 19, 2014
Monday: No known sightings.
Tuesday: Spotted near Colliery Lake Dam Park, and later spotted near Vancouver Island University
Wednesday - Spotted near Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
They say I was seen today near something called a "General Hospital". That's a big building, right? They all look the same to me *sigh*— Lucy the Emu (@Lucyontheloose) March 19, 2014
Thursday - Possible emu sounds heard in area of Lost Lake Road near Rutherford Road area.
A resident in the Rutherford Rd area on Lost Lake Rd thought she heard my distinctive sound today, so Tim is searching that area. #Nanaimo— Lucy the Emu (@Lucyontheloose) March 20, 2014
Friday - Cornered in a backyard near the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University, loaded into a van and taken home.
Tim says now comes the fun part - trying to load me into a van. Keep your feathers crossed everyone, lets end this well!! #EmuWatch2014— Lucy the Emu (@Lucyontheloose) March 22, 2014
Goodnight grapes. Goodnight room. Goodnight Mojo jumping over the moon. Goodnight hay bale, and the red macaw.... #EmuNoLongerOnTheLoose— Lucy the Emu (@Lucyontheloose) March 22, 2014