Di­a­monds in the scruff

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

EMUS are known for swal­low­ing stones to help digest their tucker but Ed­die the emu has more ex­pen­sive tastes in rocks – di­a­mond ear­rings, to be ex­act.

Wildlife carer Mel Pope is mi­nus a very ex­pen­sive pair of ear­rings after Ed­die pecked them straight out of her ear­lobes.

Ed­die, pic­tured, ar­rived at Ms Pope’s Kob­ble Bird Shel­ter in Queens­land as an or­phan sev­eral weeks ago. “He’s at­tracted to any­thing shiny and as I was pick­ing him to move ... he grabbed one of my ear­rings,” she said. “As I was try­ing to re­cover from the shock, he got the other one, too.”

A “dis­traught” Ms Pope took Ed­die to the vet, where X-rays re­vealed the $2000, half-carat di­a­mond and white gold studs were lodged firmly in his gut.

After sift­ing through Ed­die’s poo in vain, she said he was show­ing no ill ef­fects.

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