As I'm writing this blog on Father's Day, I thought I would write about one of the best bird dads in the world. It's the male emu - the world's second largest bird.
In the Australian grasslands, the male emu digs a shallow nest on the ground, and persuades as many females as he can to lay eggs in it (an emu egg is dark green and about the size of a coconut). If he's successful he might end up with over 20 eggs! Then, he sits on the eggs to keep them warm and safe, for two whole MONTHS, without leaving them for a minute. This means he can't eat, and can only drink the dew that forms on the grass he can reach. He must get so hungry and thirsty, but he won't leave the precious eggs.
And then, when they hatch, he looks after his large family of babies until they are big enough to take care of themselves. What a SUPER-DAD!
At the Park we have a male and a female emu, but the male is extremely old, so the eggs that the female lays are never fertile. Shame - I'd quite like to see a few emu chicks!
See you soon (and so will he!)
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