Emu

Emu 1

Emu 1

Prehistoric bird, silhouetted against the mountain.

Emu 2

Emu 2

I wonder what goes on in your bird-brain?

 

post script: Emus have three toes on each foot, and ostriches have only two. I think this is a youngster, as his colouring is not very striking yet.

post post script: Yes, those are goats, frolicking around on a special structure in the background. Where? The World of Birds, of course!

 

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42 thoughts on “Emu

  1. donutsplace

    C. C. I remember that.
    Brother-in-law told me there were a lot of loose ones running around. I wonder what happened to them?
    I went to a garage sale one day and they were selling the dry emu eggs. I got six of them.
    Eventually someday, I will carve on them with my power tools. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

    Excellent! πŸ™‚
    Look at those legs and feet! Definitely descendants from the dinosaurs. I don’t think Emus are very intelligent (as far as birds go), from what i’ve read.
    I gave Tweetie (while she was out on a perch the other day) a piece of sweet potato. She immediately and intentionally dropped it. I said to her, “You are spoiled rotten!” She replied, “So are you!”

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha It is primarily a Bird sanctuary, but also a wildlife sanctuary, so squirrel (and other) monkeys, a caracal, meerkats and alapacas and Goats in with the big birds – emu and ostrich. They used to have a Rhea (v odd bird) but it must have died.
      And let’s not forget the little Guinea Pigs that have featured so prominently in my blog of late! πŸ˜€

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  3. Garfield Hug

    You know what?! If you did not mention emu and ostrich differences, I would have clean forgotten that these are 2 distinctly different birds! Looks like I have to visit our Jurong Bird Park or the zoo ha ha!

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Oh you are a vegan?! I only eat pork, fish and veggies. Although there are exotic meats here, I cringe. Eg crocodile meat…suppose to be a good cure for asthma, bear (*aargh…quite bad really and clamp down by govt but people trot across the causeway to Johor Bahru, Malaysia to chomp on even dog meat!!)😨
        In Australia they also serve Roo meat…hippity hop steak😨

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        I’m more of a vegetarian, but will eat chicken or fish very occasionally. Whatever they put in meat these days makes me ill!
        I think that exotic meats are unnecessary, tho I believe in Australia they consider Roos to be pests!

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      3. Garfield Hug

        Yes! I eat pork because of all the meats, it is “cleanest” as lesser antibiotics or whatever bad stuff they put in the feed for pigs. Fish also has amounts of chemicals. Chicken has loads of hormones, antibiotics etc and tests have shown that it affects people. So much as I like chicken, I avoid it and my sinuses are better…believe it or not!πŸ˜‰

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      4. scifihammy Post author

        Oh I believe it! Funnily, pork was the first meat I had to give up, then lamb, beef and chicken. You are right – there are so many hormones and drugs in all our food nowadays, no wonder we all get sick!

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      5. Garfield Hug

        You might want to try free range chicken. When I am in Australia I eat this form of farming method for chicken or they call “chooks” I am not affected. Very soon I think we wil be eating cloned meats😨

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      6. scifihammy Post author

        I only ever buy free range chicken and eggs, grain fed (Alarm bells that they even have to say this!) but there must still be something in it today that there wasn’t a decade ago!
        No worries, meat is not essential to our diet, as long as you get enough protein and Vit B. πŸ™‚

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  4. dizzylizzie72

    This Emu’s bird-brain is saying, “Let me out of here.” Nice photos. A lot of farmers here in America have Emu farms. I have seen a few Emus in fields as we drive down the roads here in Arkansas. Have also seen a few Lamas in fields.

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  5. C. C. Cedras

    I’ve always laughed at the image of my younger sister, a young mother with two tiny kids at home alone in a pecan plantation in Texas yelling and waving her arms to chase off one of the neighbor’s emus that was “attacking” their brand new pick-up truck. Yes, that was during the fad in the US (Texas especially) when people were raising emus, thinking it would be a big money maker (meat, hides, etc.). Of course, it was a scam, but it was fun to drive around and see pastures full of them.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw shame man.
      Actually we were too tired to walk all the way to see these emus at the WOB, but luckily for us, their enclosure was right by where we’d parked in the car park – so we got to see them after all, from the wrong side of the fence.
      Just thought, maybe you could do the same sort of thing with your ‘private’ ones πŸ™‚

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