Emus, Dromaius novaehollandiae are very special animals as they are only found in Australia. Unfortunately they were exterminated by early Europeans in Tasmania and are now only found on the mainland.
Emus Apple and Jimmy a quirky pair at zoo.
Instead of flying, they have three toes and well developed calf muscles that help them reach running speeds of up to 50kph, with a stride of three metres.
Did you know?
While emu’s don’t fly, they have 20cm long ‘winglets’ hidden under their shaggy plumage which they hold out to stabilise them when they run.