Emus waltz on water

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

BEEP Beep the emu thinks he’s a duck and loves noth­ing bet­ter than to go for a dip in his very own pool when it gets hot.

Beep Beep, who lives at the Dain­tree Wildlife Zoo, was en­joy­ing a dip at the zoo on Satur­day when own­ers Gil and Donna Tal­bot “asked” Beep Beep if he would hop into the pool and give the zoo’s three young emus a swim­ming les­son as they had never been in the pool be­fore.

It took a lit­tle coax­ing from both Gil and Donna but once Beep Beep jumped in the pool the three lit­tle emus soon thought that they too were ducks and were soon splash­ing and fol­low­ing Beep Beep around.

Zoo vol­un­teer Mary De­laney, from Gal­way in Ire­land, was thrilled at the sight of the emus en­joy­ing them­selves in the water.

“This is why I love it here so much - what a mar­vel­lous sight watch­ing these beau­ti­ful an­i­mals en­joy­ing them­selves in this won­der­ful environment,” Mary said.

“I’ve been here 12 weeks and Gil and Donna keep try­ing to buy me a ticket home, but I keep re­fus­ing and just want to stay here for as long as I can.

“Where else can you see such won­der­ful sights like this other than here in Aus­tralia - it’s such a joy to be here and to be work­ing with all of these mag­i­cal an­i­mals.”

In the next cou­ple of weeks Gil will have to hop into the fe­male croc’s en­clo­sure and try to col­lect her eggs - a task not for the faint-hearted.

“If you think sex gets your adrenalin go­ing, try col­lect­ing eggs from a mother croc while she’s in there with you,” Gil said.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Just like the ducks: Beep Beep goes for a dip while (in­set) the baby emus make a splash

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