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Funny how the more you learn, the more questions you find you want to ask, eh?
Emus are some of the funniest looking creatures I have ever seen!
Apparently emus can be found everywhere in Australia, but I have yet to see one in our corner of the bush in nearly 30 years of living here. I hear some say they’re out in the hills and the scrub still, but I don’t go deer shooting so I have no reason to go find them.
I saw them on a wildlife animal park in Texas. I also remember feeding a giraffe and finding out its tongue looked purple. Have to say I never tried asking them a question, either! 😛
I watched a US doco a few weeks back which talked about Ostriches… and then, much to my amusement at the stupidity of some people, they showed footage of an emu running across the Australian outback with Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) sitting in the distance. Amazing how dumb presenters and editors can truly be. 😀
True- what I don’t understand is why cartoons portray ostriches with their heads in the ground because I used to enjoy watch them in California zoos and never saw them with their heads in the ground- if there’s danger they use their powerful legs for combat. As far as the differences between the two- I was surprised when I saw emus because emu heads are uglier and emu bodies are prettier than ostriches.
No, ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand. Apparently they DO lower their heads level with the ground, which might be the reason for the misconception, but I don’t really know how that idea came about.
Emus are also awesome. A big reason is, like the kangaroo, they are completely incapable of taking a backward step. Hence why both animals flank our coat of arms.
Mr V, I didn’t know that about either emu or kangaroo. thanks.
I can take a guess at the stupid notion of the ostrich burying its head. watch one some time when it has chicks. They dip their heads down there quite often to check on those tiny ones, right? and they don’t walk while doing it?
could that be how the silly notion started? after all, there wouldn’t be many ostriches now if they had a habit of sticking their neck down where predators can get to it
I am loving this conversation between the Soldier and the Boys. It’s nice and low-key compared to their usual activities (and compared to Jacks and Didj’s Olympics arc). Really nice change of pace.
Thanks. I didn’t actually intend for it to be a contrast to the faster pace of some of the other stories, but it’s nice to see other people recognise it!
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