An aggressive emu was returned to its farm uninjured Tuesday, after being tased by officials in Chemainus.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say officers were on a routine patrol in the 8000-block of Chemainus Road when they came across the large bird, who was disrupting  traffic.

Animal control was quickly called in, but unfortunately the emu’s feathers were clearly ruffled — as it became agitated and aggressive.

A plan was hatched by both animal control and the RCMP to end the dangerous situation by using a taser to gain control of the feathered creature.

The emu was then quickly secured by officers, and transported to a nearby farm at the owner’s request.

Police say it appeared uninjured from the incident.

Our primary concern is always safety… not only to the public and to our officers, but also to animals. We are pleased that officers were able to maintain public safety while using as little force as necessary towards the aggressive emu to ensure its safe return to a nearby farm, said S/Sgt. Chris Swain, Acting Officer In Charge, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP in a statement.

Julian Kolsut