Years ago I worked on an emu farm, I spotted an adult and 3 chicks running around the minesite today which jogged my memory of a few tales…
This clip is of an emu chucking a wobbly. The farm I worked on had a big pen of about 25 juvenile emus for the tourists to have a look at. I learnt a little trick, if you whistle at a certain tone, then vary it a bit it makes the whole mob carry on like the one in the above clip.
Emu attacks!! I still have a scar on the palm of my hand from one bird. The big middle toe on the things can be quite sharp and they kick with quite a lot of force.
On one occasion I was showing some tourists around the nesting area while the fathers were on the eggs. (as usual the poor blokes get left to do the hard work)… I went into a pen to lift the back of an emu up so they could get a few photos/ a look at the clutch of eggs. Knowing this was a fairly cranky emu I picked up a good sized stick to give it a whack if it went for me. Well it jumped up and had a go at me so I swung my arm back with the stick in it to give it a whack when the stick broke off in my hand leaving me with about 15mm of wood left.. The tourists had fun watching me running around and dodging the bloody thing until I got out of the pen..
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Unfortunately the poster of this video doesnt quite know the difference between “angry emu” and “horny emu”. They are nearly as bad as that parrot I posted before, if it sits still for long enough they will try to have sex with it.
I was working with another bloke fixing up a couple of fences when he started to laugh at me, I looked over my shoulder and there was a beaked Lothario shuffling up behind me with his feathers fluffed and throat “drumming” (a noise they make). they really arent that bright.
We had our first hatching of the year to a particularly bad set of parents, the first chick hatched and they left the nest in freezing cold and rain, that little one was the only survivor. We put the little thing in the tourist centre for them to have a look at, just letting it wander where it wanted. Well we had a young couple with their toddler turn up for a look around, the kid and the emu were about the same height.
Both were busy eyeing each other off, the kid with curiosity and the emu wondering what the kid was. The little girl was all dressed up, sandals, pink dress, pink dummy with a pink ribbon on it….thats where it all went wrong. The emu leant forward, the kid did the same, then the emu struck! It pecked the dummy out of the little girls mouth and ran off with it, the kids eyes went like saucers, and she took in the biggest breath of her life before letting it out in a huge bellowing scream, meanwhile the emu was chucking bog laps round the store with the dummy in its mouth.
My brother in law is evil. Proof: He got my sister stoned on dope for the first time ever then stuck her in a pen full of emus…wearing a jumper much like the one above…. emus will peck anything bright and obvious, guess what my stoned sister looked like?
The surrounded her and began trying to peck off all the pom poms on the jumper, dozens of them. It worked, to the best of my knowledge my sister has never smoked dope agin.
We used to butcher birds on site to make emu burgers out of for the tourists, Knocking off an emu isnt always easy as they have strong opinions on the issue. The easiest way to restrain an emu is from behind, leaning over them and grabbing their stumpy little wings. That way if they start to jump up you can use your own body weight to keep them down.