About half of my paintings are emu themed. I have the privilege of displaying them at Salamanca Market in Tasmania, which on average has 20,000 visitors on any given Saturday. As a consequence, I hear quite a few fascinating pet emu stories. For example, one that grew up with a herd of goats and acted like it was just one of the herd, another who thought it was a dog and would immediately drop onto its back for a belly scratch when it saw its owner and another who thought it was part of the human family. Emus seem to take on characteristics of those they grow up with, whether animal or human, and develop steadfast bonds. I have had several former pet-emu-owners shed tears when they told me their stories about their pet “Priscilla” or “Jasmine”.
Another case of unusual-emu-bonding was recently discovered in North Carolina. An animal shelter rescued some animals from a property whose owner suddenly disappeared. Among those rescued was a male donkey and female emu. The shelter tried to house them separately but the donkey started distress-braying and the emu became extremely anxious. They quickly ascertained that the donkey doesn’t like the company of other donkeys. The emu and donkey have an inseparable bond and they even cuddle and sleep together. Therefore, they have to be adopted together.
I’ve also recently discovered a special animal-emu bond.
Have you seen an unusual bond between animals?
Wishing you a great upcoming week.
Special thanks to McPhocus (Averil McPhedran Hall, photographer extraordinaire) for alerting me to the story.