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Birds: Emu

We saw the adult Emu at the Port Douglas Wildlife Park, in Queensland, Australia.  The park guide said:

“The Emu shares one quality with the Kangaroo: neither one can move backwards.  They only move forward, never bounding or walking backwards; which is the reason why Australians selected them both as symbols for our Aussie Coat of Arms.” 

Interesting remark, though I cannot guarantee its authenticity.  We only saw the Emus walking forward and they were quite large, and intimidating to our daughters, so we did not confront them and challenge their path, to see if they would walk backwards or turn around.

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Juvenile Emu

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Australian Coat of Arms

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