In a flut­ter over emu chicks

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Baby emus must rate among the world’s cutest an­i­mals, and Ex­mouth cer­tainly has no short­age of them. Ex­mouth pho­tog­ra­pher Vi­o­leta Jah­nel Brosig de­lighted last week with this shot.

Be­cause Ex­mouth ap­par­ently does not al­ready have enough in­cred­i­ble wildlife on its doorstep the lo­cal emus have con­tin­ued their an­nual tra­di­tion of bless­ing this world with baby emus.

Emu chicks have started ap­pear­ing in and around town over the past few weeks and it is clearly too much for so­cial me­dia to han­dle.

Pil­bara News posted Kar­lee Lee Fari­nac­cio’s pic­tures of emu chicks play­ing in a pud­dle last week, and the gen­eral con­sen­sus from read­ers was ev­ery­one needs to go to Ex­mouth right now.

Ms Fari­nac­cio said watch­ing the chicks play in the pud­dles was beau­ti­ful.

The first sight­ings started light­ing up Face­book pages a few days af­ter the News was last in town, leav­ing this jour­nal­ist and emu chick en­thu­si­ast im­mensely frus­trated.

Blue Me­dia Ex­mouth pho­tog­ra­pher Vi­o­leta Jah­nel Brosig is lucky enough to live in the land of emu chicks and has cap­tured some stun­ning pho­tos which would make doves cry if they could use so­cial me­dia.

“I was watch­ing them for about half an hour, slowly started to ap­proach them and got the dad’s trust to let the chicks get close to me,” she said.

“I felt priv­i­leged to have the emu dad’s trust. You do have to be re­ally care­ful with the dad be­cause he can be ag­gres­sive.

“Watch for a while, be quiet, ap­proach slowly, take your time to make sure the dad is com­fort­able with your pres­ence and do not feed them.”

Ms Brosig said it is be­lieved one of the seven emu chicks sighted had been found by it­self re­cently and re­con­nected with the fam­ily.

Last year the Shire of Ex­mouth proudly pro­claimed an Aus­tralian first af­ter in­stalling signs with emu chicks on them around town to keep the emu chicks safe from driv­ers who have some­how not no­ticed the lit­tle bun­dles of amaz­ing around them.

Pic­ture: Blue Me­dia Ex­mouth

An emu chick and its dad in Ex­mouth.

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