Orange County's most famous wild animal died Thursday.
According to a press release from the county, Orange County Animal Services' attempt to capture and relocate the emu to a sanctuary resulted in its death.
After caring for and feeding the bird for months, OCAS decided to plan for its capture.
Bob Marotto, director of Orange County Animal Services, said that they collaborated with a board-certified avian veterinarian and two specialists from the North Carolina Zoo on their plan to sedate and capture the bird before transporting it. The veterinarian and specialists were present for the attempted capture.
The bird did not respond to the low-dose sedatives, but "eventually suffered an event while being restrained and died," Marotto said in the press release.