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Meet the Emu Family in New Port Richey-Florida

Meet the Emu Family in New Port Richey-Florida

There are some homes with large acreage just a couple of miles from where we live. I noticed these guys a few weeks back and finally got to take some pictures.

Meet the Emu Family in New Port Richey-Florida

The one on the bottom right was very agitated because I came close to take pictures. The other two came running over to see if I had food, I think.

Emus come from Australia and are the second largest bird behind the ostrich. They are members of the ratite (flightless) family of birds, but can run up to 31 mph. Emus are known for their curiosity and are often trapped by hunters because they can't resist checking things out.

Mostly they are dark brown with thick, drooping feathers. One had a blue throat. They eat insects, caterpillars, seeds, plants, flowers and small rodents.

An interesting Emu fact: The eggs are incubated by the male and he takes care of the babies for 6-9 months.

Another interesting fact: Ratites are the only birds known to hatch identical twins from the same egg.

Meet the Emu Family in New Port Richey-Florida


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Comment balloon 19 commentsToni Weidman • December 12 2011 05:37PM


Emus are so cool Toni... Thanks for sharing them with us today!

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * almost 7 years ago

Toni -- I never knew those interesting facts. I remember from seeing them in the zoo that they are very curious birds.  They don't want to miss a trick.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 7 years ago


The Fuddruckers here had Ostrich burgers for a while. Never tried one though. I always thought it was curiousity killed the cat.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

Toni: Thanks for the history lesson. That one really did not look at all happy. I think they were curious and like you said thought you had a treat for them.


Posted by Carl Winters almost 7 years ago

Emus are odd.  I met one in a zoo in Australia last year.  It kept following us around, hoping for a treat.   I like my birds somewhat less agressive!

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 7 years ago

Toni - They are so cool!!  We have lots of Alpacas here and a few Emus but I haven't had time to photograph them.  Thank you for sharing!


Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) almost 7 years ago

Wow, Toni - I hadn`t seen emu`s (being farmed) outside of Australia - very cool!

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) almost 7 years ago

Hi Toni, It's nice when you finally can take the pictures you have wanted to take.  Thanks for the info about the Emus.

Like your Christmas border!

Have a great holiday season!


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 7 years ago

John - you're welcome!

Barbara - they are; the two calmer ones came from way back in the field to see what I was up to.

Rich - maybe they ate the cat first.

C & C - I think you're right. The one seemed agitated before I even got near by.

Cyndi - I haven't seen an Alpaca for years. Post some of them.

Karen - I was amazed when I realized what I saw as I drove by.

Gloria - thank you twice. Hope you can have a good Holiday too.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Toni, The Emus are very curious ones. They definitely don't want to miss anything and such fast runners also ~ Great pix!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs.  I will have to post more animal pictures on ActiveRain.

Enjoy the holidays!

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Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 7 years ago

There is a property up in nearby El Dorado County, which has a number of Emu friends.  When I'm up in the area, I always enjoy stopping along the road to visit:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 7 years ago


I don't know how I missed this post on emus.  I loved reading this one, and learning that the male takes care f the fledglings how nice is that.  And two yolks make twins, that is amazing facts.  You reminded me of the fact that twin cats are very rare.  One of the breeders we took our Lola to had a set of Abby twins, and they were very petite ruddy colored girls. They were beautiful.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 7 years ago

Sheila - they really are; they trotted from a long way away to see what I was up to.

Roy - i love your wreaths and so to the moment.

Myrl - they do enjoy visiting except for the one.

Alexandra - I had forgotten that about cats. Twins are rare and Abby twins would be delightful.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

Toni,  They do look very curious about what you are doing.  I bet they aren't friendly if you get too close.  Very cute.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 7 years ago

Toni,  The emus sound fascinating.  Thanks for showing us your photos.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) almost 7 years ago

Belinda, I'm sure they aren't friendly if you get too close to them. They made good "watch" birds.

Gary - they were. I was hoping the owners would come out and answer some questions but no-one was around.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

Great shots Toni - I have some Emus up the street from me too. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 7 years ago

Debra - they are kind of cute. The other two were just curious; the big one was a little aggressive.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

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