Sat, 11 May 2019
KEEPERS at Beale Wildlife Park were feeling emu-tional this week following the hatching of three emu chicks.
The eggs, laid at Birdworld in Farnham, were fathered by a Scottish emu called Forest who did very well, considering he’s quite a nervous bird with vision problems.
The three babies, just a week old, will grow quickly into one of the biggest birds in the world – after ostriches – at approximately 1.9m tall.
Beale Park director Stephen McKeown said: “We’re very excited to have emus in our collection.
“They’ll bring a new dimension to the park in terms of conservation, education and fun.
“They’re very bouncy, active, inquisitive birds and will have loads of space to run about in here.
“They also, when grown up, make a lovely booming noise from deep in their chests, which we think visitors will enjoy.”
The babies are being cared for by the bird team at Beale Park, who will keep them warm and well-fed.
Emu chicks are able to stand up and run about minutes after hatching and can feed by themselves, with a little encouragement from their human carers.
They will be on public show in two weeks’ time.