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So three days ago, one of my emus didn't come up for breakfast. When I found him, he was very sluggish and both eyes had puss coming out. There's really no one in my area specializing in these birds so I started contacting breeders who have had lots of experience. After talking to a few of them, I started him on antibiotics as well as an eye med for birds. One eye is already better and he's now eating and drinking so I think his prognosis is good! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ and This is what restraining an emu looks like. He's already gotten used to it. The first couple times wasn't as pretty.. ๐Ÿ˜ #emu #emusofinstagram #birdsofinstagram #ratite

Sorry for the bad video, I took this on Snapchat. He is drinking. ๐Ÿ˜ This little boy is such a fighter. Keep surprising me little Turbo! He is only 8 weeks old!!! #Rheas #BlindRhea #ratite

We recently got in two more kiwi that passed away unexpectedly in a zoo. Receiving animal remains is always a mixture of emotions for us...sadness at the passing of a beautiful once-vibrant creature, tempered with the excitement of what we'll learn by studying their remains. In the case of these two kiwi, the balance tipped to the sadness side because of the rarity of these odd flightless birds, both in captivity and in the wild in their native New Zealand. We received our first kiwi about 3.5 years ago (http://on.fb.me/1jO90hQ), and I remain honored that Ohio University and my lab have been entrusted with the stewardship and study of these animals. These two birds were necropsied (autopsy of an animal) so we're missing some parts, but they will be well studied and permanently accessioned into our collection for research and education. #ohiouniversity #kiwibird #ratite

When I met a dinosaur ๐Ÿ˜ณ #emu #ratite

Today's #chowcam is from two beautiful cassowaries @zwfmiami . Cassowaries are the most dangerous birds on earth as they can reach heights of close to 6 feet tall. If you look at their inside claw, it is much longer than the others. When they kick they can actually split you right down the middle. They remind me a lot of modern day raptors with the way they run! #zwfmiami #mikelloretreptileschowcam #cassowary #ratite

#DidYouKnow that South America is home to one of the world's largest birds? Our greater rhea is doing some behavioral enrichment with her keeper! #visitthezoo #statenislandzoo #greaterrhea #ratite

Our prehistoric birds...Cassowaries! These guys are almost two years old and still growing. Though they have been here since babies,they are very curious and defensive when you enter their enclosure. This guy tried to kick me a few times while I was in there taking videos๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ but seriously, they are capable of killing a human being with their very powerful legs๐Ÿ˜
#cassowary #ratite #zwf #zwfmiami

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Congeners! Haast Tokoeka (Apteryx australis) top, and Rowi (Apteryx rowi) bottom. Close relatives but different species. Can you spot the difference?
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Stella, you make the perfect swamp creature โค
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The emu is the second largest bird on the planet, behind the Ostrich and is the biggest bird in its native land of Australia. These animals belong to family of large flightless birds called the Ratites. All members of the Ratites are flightless and include the largest birds of all time; the Moa (of New Zealand) and the Elephant bird (of Madacascar). Members that are still extant today include the Rhea, kiwi, cassowaries, ostriches & yours truly; the Emu.

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Ever wondered what a cassowaries useless vestigial wing looks like? You can see the quills that grow out and also the claw coming off the second digit. At first glance it almost looks like a huge leaf wedged in there between all the feathers. These birds are a keystone species native to only New Guinea and far North Queensland Australia, where their poo essentially grows forests ๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ˜ฑthis is the southern cassowary, the largest of all three species, and part of the flightless bird family the Ratites โœŒ๏ธphoto credit to my awesome workmate Jeremy!

Incredibly curious by nature, and unafraid of us... For several minutes in time, this emu and I captivated one anothers' spirits in a dandle. Locked eye-to-eye, we danced 'round the post and picket until curiosity and wonder grew wearied. #sublimemomentsinsmallthings #loveatfirstsight #emucuriosity #dancingislife #eyesarethewindowtothesoul #ratite #emu #birds #birdsofaustralia #pennyslvaniafarms #onlyinoley

An Emu (Dromaius novaehollandia) one of the most successful living ratites that inhabits a variety of habitats. This male was shot wandering roadside through some of the harshest land in Australia

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