With Lucy still on the lam in the Nanaimo area (full story here), we put together this handy guide on what to look for.
- Male emus gain sympathy weight during breeding season and serve as stay-at-home dads. After forming breeding pairs in summer, the male builds a nest of twigs and leaves in which his partner lays five to 15 eggs, according to the San Diego Zoo. She then leaves, and the male emu – who has plumped up for the season – incubates the eggs for the next eight weeks and raises the chicks.
- Emus are excellent at hiding. Their shaggy, brown-grey feathers not only help them blend in with bushes and shrubs but cope with extreme changes in weather, according to Parks Victoria in Australia.