A large emu slowed traffic along U.S. 231 South on Monday, as the long-legged bird strolled down the highway at its leisure.

“We tried to corral it, but it’s a lot harder than you think,” said Sgt. Don Newton, public information officer for the Pell City Police Department. “They are actually quite dangerous. They can kick.”

Newton said he thought the bird had remained on the loose for a couple of days before authorities were able to track down its owner.

“The main thing, we just tried to keep it off of 231,” he said.

The bird went into a wooded area before it was spotted again in a residential area on Monday, where the emu was eventually captured by its owner with assistance from officers.

“It’s back in custody,” Newton said.