Emus waltz on water
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.
Just like the ducks: Beep Beep goes for a dip while (inset) the baby emus make a splash