The Emu– Unusual Pets: A Lot Like Me
I have never seen an emu in real life. What attracted this unusual animal to me and caused me to research it was its long, long legs. An emu is about six feet tall and half of its height is in its legs. This is true for me. I am a little over six feet and once I grew… pants were impossible to find. Try shopping for Levis’ young men’s pants 28×36. You don’t find them many places.
While emus prefer to live in the grasslands (grazing in the Australian bush country) but remain close to water, I prefer a wooded area close to water. Mountain streams area AWESOME!
Younger emu have dark feather that turn a lighter shade of brown as they age. I don’t have feathers, but as a youth I would get a very, very dark tan. Now that I am older… not so much.
Emus are solitary birds, but they often form groups (somewhere around 20 emus) when traveling in search of food. A group of emus is called a mob. I am a more solitary person. I find a group of 20 people around be rather mob-like as well.
They are non-aggressive birds unless they feel threatened. I am likely the same way.
Emus have a stride of stride of 9 feet when running. I don’t think my stride is quite that, but people say that I am hard to keep up with on a sizable walk.
Emus drink a lot of water. In fact, they usually drink about two and a half gallons of water each day.
For an emu, 9 to 15 miles a day is a day-trip. If I could travel the world seeing the sights at 15 -20 miles a day… that would be terrific!
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FYI: For this year’s April A-Z Challenge I am adopting a critter family based on the unusual look of the animal and it having characteristics that are similar to me.
Written for the April A-Z Challenge 2023 and About Me.