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An Emu at OstrichLand

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Do you remember seeing the ostriches in the movie Sideways? Did you know that there was a place called OstrichLand in Santa Ynez Valley? I was there today and it was absolutely fascinating. I particularly liked this emu, pictured above. The emus are kept separate from the ostriches because the ostriches will bully the emus, The emus are smaller and have a much sweeter personality than the ostriches, who have a tendency to bite. This emu poked his head out from the fence and stared right into my husband's camera.

I couldn't leave without buying an emu egg. It's a beautiful large, green egg and is equivalent to 6-10 chicken eggs. I will have to make a big frittata. I don't really know what to expect from it, but I will be sure to share the results on this blog.

Comments (7)

He is so cute! I am glad you were able to post this tonight. Can't wait to hear how the egg turns out.

Awww, what a sweet and soulful face he/she has! I'm curious to hear about the egg too.

Marcia:

Now that's one cute little thing.

nancyhol:

Oh, I love the emu!

And I want to hear all about what you make with that BIG egg! With photos, of course.

I'm so glad everyone liked this photo as much as I did. Doesn't the emu remind you of a Dr. Seuss character?

Krista, we lived in Australia for four years when I was growing up. Not long after we arrived, we went to an animal sanctuary to see the Australian animals. The emus were just wandering around loose-- they were so big! (Especially to a nine year old.) An emu chased my mom to try to get something out of her picnic basket. Thanks for bringing back a great memory!

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