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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wherein I Hugged an Emu

Hi, Dear Sillies,
May you be safe and well.
Last weekend, I traveled to wine country (Geyserville in Sonoma County) for a friend's birthday gathering.We celebrated at Isis Oasis retreat center and animal sanctuary.
There, I took photos and cozied up to an emu.
The California grapevine. How could I resist plucking and eating one? or two? I couldn't. Ssh.

I don't know this emu's* name. It's approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall -when neck is outstretched- and weighs 140 pounds. That woman? She basically birthed this emu - I didn't get (or want) the explicit details. But when he was a wee wee one in an egg, the egg needed to be incubated for a stretch of time. She took care of that. It's kinda her baby. [Note that I have all sorts of questions. Did she sit on the egg? With panties on? Did she breast-feed once it was born?...] They did appear to be very, very close.*Emus originate in Africa and are the world's second largest bird. First is the ostrich, but you knew that.
Who'd have thought a white peacock would be so beautiful?

                                                                                               silkie


Funny how outgoing all the creatures were. This parrot was ready to pose for (very) close-ups.

41 comments:

  1. Nearly right. Emus are Australian, and appear on our coat of arms. As an aside do other countries eat the animals on their coat of arms?
    It does look like a delightful day, and I hope you also tried the fermented grapes.

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    1. Ha. I was certain she said they're from Africa. Oops. Why do all things exotic come from the land down under? Hmm. Trying to stay clear of naughty terrain.
      Thanks, EC. Honestly, I thought of you and your blog when I met these creatures.

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  2. Wrong continent but they both start with A! When I saw the title I thought “what is she talking about?!?” Who could have guessed you were really talking about hugging an emu?!?

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    1. To my credit, Marcia, I have exceptional skills at remembering the first letter. Smiles.

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  3. How many can say they've snuggled an emu? Maybe some don't want to admit it...

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  4. looks like a really nice event for you and friends. Fun!

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  5. My first quick glance at your post title made me think you had hugged an "emo" -- oh oh, a new boyfriend, I thought! Aren't emus the national bird of Australia or something?

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    1. That's funny. Elmo would make a cute boyfriend. We'll have to ask EC about their national bird. I still believe the emu is from Africa, apparently. (Africa, Australia - it's all the same. What do I know?)

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  6. You look a little giddy in that shot with the emu. Hope it was as enjoyable as it looks.

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    1. I guess I like the neck to neck thing.
      Be well, Wilma.

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  7. Sounds like fun. On a related note, I took my mother to lunch once on Mother's Day. I had ostrich! (You don't see that on the menu very often here in Massachusetts!) I was expecting it to be similar to chicken, turkey, duck, etc. (but much bigger, of course), but when I was asked how I'd like it "done" (rare, medium, well done, etc.) I realized it's more like steak and you order it accordingly.

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    1. Oh, that's interesting, Silver. Did you try it? Like it? Can't say I've ever eaten ostrich.

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    2. It was good, but very much like beef, which made me wonder why anyone would pay a higher price for this type of meat.

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    3. And why they kill those birdies to feed humans. That's a shame.
      Thanks for letting me know, Silver.

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  8. The older I get, the more birds fascinate me. We should discuss the psychology of that over our mai tais one day.

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    1. Count me in. Birds are entertaining. My mom used to take us to McDonald's and we had fun feeding french fries to pigeons. This emu would probably require a few Big Macs.

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  9. The white peacock! That is incredible. So beautiful. Did the emu hug you back? That would be cool.

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    1. Yes. It's gorgeous, regale looking.
      I didn't get a hug back, but I could tell we had a good chemistry.

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  10. The white peacock is amazing. Long ago when I was a reporter I covered a good news story about a principal who agreed to kiss an unusual creature at the end of each school year if the students read a certain number of books. In the past, she had kissed a snake and a pig. The year I was there for the event, she kissed a llama. I took The Hurricane with me. When the kids went inside after the smooching, The Hurricane and the llama had a little lovefest with the llama eating crackers that The Hurricane held between her teeth. It was so much fun.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Wait, who or what is The Hurricane? I must envision this one - it's too juicy of a story. What fun.
      Thanks, Janie.

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  11. Well at least you got a little lovin to hold you over for a while. Had white peacocks here growing up, they sure can fan just as good as the others indeed.

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  12. Emus are from Australia. Second largest living flightless bird. But the prehistoric Titanis stood eight feet tall and weighed 300 pounds. That is scary big.

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    1. WHOA. Thanks for the info, Diane. My Sillies are so smart! That's incredible and - yeah - incredibly scary.

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  13. I've never actually met an emu, but we had a peacock stray over to our property for a month. Peacocks eat bugs and shit white paint. What's not to love?

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    1. Haha. That's hilarious, Geo. You win for best comment.
      Cheers, friend.

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  14. Beautiful birds! The emu is CUTE!!!!! Did you find the grapes tart or really sweet?

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    1. They were sweet and juicy, JoJo. Yummy stuff.
      Be well.

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  15. Did you have anyone to peel your grapes for you? An imprinted emu would be fun to have around. Certainly a good conversation starter.

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    1. Yes, an imprinted emu. I felt sorry for the other emu - it got no attention at all. I should've had it peel my grapes but didn't think of it at the time.
      Be well, Jono.

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  16. Yeah, I think breastfeeding an emu would be difficult and not altogether pleasant.

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  17. I know nothing about enmu, which sounds like it needs a punch line, but I don’t have one :)

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. That line is a good stand alone punchline, Sage.

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  18. PS I ask for a bit of patience, friends. I've been super busy. Will get around to your blogs asap.
    Keep a smile and stash of good chocolate.

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  19. Aww...so precious. Glad you had a good time away and enjoyed visiting this place!

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  20. What a fun place to celebrate a birthday! I've never hugged an emu. Not sure I'd even want to try that. :)

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