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Graphic: How to be sure you’ve spotted an emu Add to ...

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.
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