Police hold serious concerns for a fully grown female emu stolen from Featherdale Wildlife Park yesterday.
The emu was in her enclosure and surrounded by a large electrified fence when she went missing, sometime between 4.50pm yesterday and 7.20am this morning, a police spokesman said.
Police believe a group of people were involved in the theft and would have had to climb the security fence to gain access to her.
Chief Inspector Robert Fitzgerald from Blacktown Local Area Command said the break-in and theft was not only disturbing, but unusual.
“We have conducted a crime scene investigation and found large amounts of feathers inside the enclosure and along the rail corridor, behind the park," Chief Inspector Fitzgerald said.
“Given the amount of feathers left behind it's clear this emu struggled with its captors and may have been injured in the ordeal.
“I don’t know who would want to steal an emu but what worries me more is the distress this poor animal has been put through.
“I’m advised they require expert treatment and specialist care."
Police have urged anyone who sees the emu on the road or wandering the street not to approach or attempt to restrain the animal, as it may behave erratically and run into traffic.
They should instead contact the police via Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Sightings can also be reported to Featherdale Wildlife Park on 9622 1644.