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BOLO for Bobo: After July 4 fireworks, an emu is lacking in Soddy-Daisy



Contributed Picture by Leslie Holdman / Bobo the emu is lacking from his house in Soddy-Daisy.

A pastime farm in Soddy-Daisy is lacking its most charismatic resident. Bobo, an “overly pleasant” emu, fled the farm the night time of July 4 after turning into agitated by close by fireworks, in keeping with his proprietor, Leslie Holdman.

Holdman has alerted regulation enforcement and posted “be looking out” notices to social media, however up to now the notices have produced no Bobo. There have been a few reported sightings — unconfirmed, in fact, although Bobo is the one emu identified to be unfastened within the space.

In a telephone interview, Holdman mentioned she hiked by means of the woods from her house on Previous Thatcher Street to an deal with lower than a mile away on Inexperienced Pond Street, the place a passer-by reported seeing Bobo within the yard Thursday as he drove previous.

Holdman mentioned she talked to the householders, who additionally noticed him that day, “however nobody has seen him since that one time.”

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Bobo’s look is typical for emus, that are massive, flightless birds native to Australia and second solely to ostriches in dimension. He has a stout physique, lengthy legs and shaggy gray-brown plumage with a darkish grey head and neck. Holdman mentioned Bobo is about 1 1/2 years previous and, at a little bit greater than 5 toes tall, is sort of absolutely grown.

“Males get about 6 toes tall,” she mentioned. “I am 5-foot-2, and he can stand and look me within the eye.”

Holdman mentioned she’s owned Bobo since he was 2 days previous. He was certainly one of a pair, however the feminine developed a bone defect at about 3 months previous and died, leaving Bobo to rule the roost.

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“He is simply been spoiled rotten,” Holdman mentioned. “He would not know he is an emu.”

Holdman mentioned Bobo had been within the yard for a lot of the Fourth of July weekend, however “he was getting an increasing number of anxious” because the neighbors’ fireworks grew to become extra frequent. Pondering that getting access to a shed within the turkey yard would possibly calm him, she moved him to that fenced enclosure for the night time.

“He appeared superb,” she recalled. However when she went out to feed her menagerie the following morning, Bobo had “lifted the gate up off the hinge” and escaped. The gate was mendacity on the bottom, with the chain nonetheless on it, she mentioned.

“The was in all probability the error I made,” she mentioned. “He could not run round.”

Holdman mentioned there are many surrounding woods the place Bobo is perhaps roaming, however she’s a little bit stunned he hasn’t been seen extra typically after being lacking virtually every week.

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“Most individuals, they do not method (emus), however he is so pleasant he’ll method you,” she mentioned. “He is curious. He likes hugs and pets (being petted).”

Bobo additionally is aware of his title. “He comes working for that title,” Holdman mentioned. “Once I go to feed, I holler ‘Bobo’ and actually everyone comes working. All of them know it is feeding time.”

Holdman additionally has milk goats, miniature pigs, miniature cows, turkeys, geese, chickens and guinea hens on the 12-acre property the place she and her husband, Carl, have lived since 1995. Bobo serves because the livestock guardian, although he has little use for the guinea hens.

“They assault his tail. He runs from them,” she mentioned. “The whole lot else he isn’t afraid of.”

Bobo has grown up round canines, so he in all probability would not be afraid of any neighborhood canines he would possibly encounter, Holdman mentioned. Extra doubtless, he would assist himself to their pet food.

“I do not know what he would do with coyotes, however emus are extraordinarily quick once they run,” she added. Additionally they have highly effective kicks to thrust back predators.

Holdman mentioned Bobo is a born entertainer who does humorous dances and loves enjoying within the sprinkler. “He tries to splash within the water trough, however, in fact, he is too large for that.”

His solely obvious vice is an attraction to jewellery and vibrant toenail polish, Holdman mentioned. He can nip off an earring “earlier than you even know it is gone” she mentioned. “He is that quick.” And he can do it with out inflicting any ache.

Polished toenails are one other story. He is entranced by the intense digits and can attempt to carry these if he sees somebody carrying flip-flops. “Now that does damage,” Holdman mentioned.

Along with her searches proving fruitless, Holdman mentioned she plans to name the Humane Instructional Society on Monday to see in the event that they’ve netted a big hen.

“He is very expensive to me,” she mentioned.

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.



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