Ostrich and Emu Go Wild ~ Let's go adventuring!





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Published on Aug 5, 2013

Today the chicks got an introduction to the big wide world that exists outside their pen. They were very curious and eager to explore. And the sheep and camels were very interested in them, too. There was a lot of zooming around from the Emu and a lot of dancing from the Ostriches. It was a fun day!

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About the emu...

This spring, I purchased two emu eggs on ebay. Not knowing if they were even fertile I placed them in an incubator and turned them 6 times a day for 54 days making absolute certain they were kept at the perfect temperature and humidity. My hard work paid off when both eggs hatched out healthy beautiful chicks.

Emus (pronounced ee-mews) are the second largest member of the ratite group of flightless birds. They are the national bird of Australia. Emus are native to Australia and were originally imported to the United States as breeding stock for American zoos. It is believed that the emu is a survivor of prehistoric times and dates back some 80 million years roaming the outback of Australia. The Aborigine tribes relied upon the emu for their existence. The emu provided them with food, clothing, shelter, and spiritual sustenance. They are believed to be closely related to dinosaurs and if you lift up an emu's wing you'll find a hook like claw under it, a remnant from their past.

About the ostrich...

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They're the biggest bird on the planet, but they have to start somewhere. These tiny adorable chicks will grow up to be up to 9 feet tall and weigh 350 pounds. With spots and stripes and porcupine like backs they don't look much like the adults they become, but who can complain? Their too cute for words.

They hail from Africa and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, including extreme heat. Because they're from the desert ostriches are okay with losing up to 25% of their body weight to dehydration before becoming ill. In fact, their Latin name is Struthio camelus, after the camel. Ostriches do not bury their head in the sand, instead when threatened they run- up to 45 miles per hour. Failing that they deliver a powerful forward kick that can easily kill a lion.


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