Zoo Buddy: Emus

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 11:30 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - We’re at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo meeting the emus here. They’ve even got a baby emu right now!

“They’re very, very exciting to talk about,” says Zookeeper Julie Bassett. “They are the second-largest flightless bird in the world, only topped by the ostrich. They’re members of a family of birds called ratites. So those are gonna be your flightless birds, your ostriches, your emus, things that have wings and feathers, but they don’t fly. And they’re very, very interesting. So they can end up being about six feet tall and they can weigh up to 80 pounds. And one of my favorite facts about these guys is that the females actually once they breed, and they lay the eggs, which are very large and bright emerald green, beautiful. Once that is done, the male takes over, he will sit on the nest and won’t eat, he won’t sleep, he won’t poop, drink water, or anything until those babies hatch. Once they hatch, they keep up with dad for five weeks or so, and they follow him around. [...] Mom doesn’t do anything, except lay the eggs, her job is done.”

The zoo is open every day of the week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can call the zoo at (318) 329-2400 for more information.

You can find more information about emus here.

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