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The ‘quadruplets’

on January 31, 2012

Our four emus are identical in every way. So I guess I was wise in giving them all the same name – Emery – which they all respond to. They are becoming more and more ‘at home’ here and, over the last week, I have been letting them free-range for longer and longer and, so far, they have not wandered too far. Also, it is easier now to get them back into their yard for the night. I have a little camp chair in there so, once they’re in, I usually sit and watch them eat their cabbage and lettuce (the afternoon treat) before leaving them to it.

As you can see below, they are very tame and, even though they like shiny things (I will have to stop wearing my watch out there because it always gets pecked!) they are never aggressive. I adore them.

Oh-oh! They’ve disappeared, so we are now going to a commercial break………..

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Okay, it is now several hours since I began this post. Son and I had arrived home from Perth and immediately let the Emerys out and, for an hour or so, they contented themselves with eating grass outside my office and around the house and then – GONE!

Son (in incredible good humour – not) scouted around the house block on his motorbike without any luck and eventually found them on the road, going east. Long story short: they are back in their yard and I will never, ever leave them unsupervised again!

In an attempt to de-crease Son’s dramatic frown, I reminded him of his toddler days when he, too, would wander off to explore the boundaries and beyond. Unfortunately, my anecdotes didn’t trigger his usual lovely smile although he did try. I’m just glad I didn’t have quadruplets!


19 responses to “The ‘quadruplets’

  1. julie lane says:

    hope ming and your day went well with all mings appointments….rather stressful i would think.
    let the birds stray i say……… sorry julesxxx. ps lovely pic of mingxx

  2. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    I can only imagine how difficult it must of been to get them back in again. I bet you had a few choice words to say. :D

  3. They have such gorgeous faces – really cute (your Emery Emus I mean). They are much cuter at that age that the emus I photograph at the Zoo. The Zoo emus look rather crabby & snobbish (if you can call an emu a snob).

    I see you’ve found that birds photograph much better in the shade. Took me a long time to figure that fact when I started taking bird photos.

    I can see so much more detail now you’re zooming in with the camera. I love seeing bird photos (of any species).

  4. pixilated2 says:

    You have reminded me of a story about my baby brother…
    I think I will have to post it, although I have no pictures. People will just have to use their imaginations. ;) LOL, I can’t leave my geese unattended either. These big birds are like children at the mall! Don’t you agree? ~ L

  5. Bob Zeller says:

    An enjoyable post, Julie. :-)

  6. That should have been Go on., When will I learn to proof read?

  7. Nicky Latham says:

    I love sons frown… and thank goodness they are all home again.

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    OMG, quadruplets… how DO these parents do it?!

    Sorry, but that final smile looks very emu-ish!

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