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Monday, June 15, 2015

Emu lost in Michigan

An emu is a flightless bird originally found in Australia. It is the second-largest flightless bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. It can grow to heights of 5 to 6 feet at maturity and weigh up to 150 pounds. They can be found Across the USA as livestock animals.

Fun Facts on Emus
-The sound made by males is similar to a pig’s grunt while females make loud booming sounds.
- Emus require water every day. They use their lungs as evaporative coolers in hot weather. In cool weather the multiple folds in the nasal passages are used to recycle air and create moisture for reuse.
- Emus breed in cooler months and pair in summer. Females lay large eggs weighing about a pound each. The male sits on the eggs to incubate them when the female is busy laying more eggs.
- They feed on flowers, berries, grains, insects soft shoots and grubs.
-These birds store large amounts of fat in their bodies and use these stores to survive when looking for more food.
- They can sprint at 30 mps. They are solitary creatures but can live in pairs or flocks.
- Emus can swim and cross rivers in the course of wandering.

1 comment:

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Wow! How the heck do you lose an emu? I hope that bird gets found soon!