On February 5 and 6, our first babies ever hatched at the Animal Care Center. We are lucky to introduce our two baby emus. Aren’t they cute?!
Emu’s belong in the Ratite Order a diverse group of flightless birds like Ostriches, Rheas, Cassowary and Kiwis. Dark green in color, emu eggs a roughly 5 inches long. Our keepers were able to know when they were about to hatch by pressing their ears to the shell and listening for the baby emu tapping on the inside.
Once the keepers realized the babies were soon to hatch, they moved them both to an incubator at the Animal Care Center. Once hatched baby emu are about 5 inches tall and have a unique striping pattern -- in the wild, this camouflages them from predators. But since these two will be living here at Jambo Junction they don’t have to worry about that.
Check the blog often to see to more blog posts to come on these chicks in the future. They don’t have names as of yet, but if you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments!