Here is photo of a flock of them from a NSW government website.
Here is close up of an emu at the Perth Zoo. Strange critters indeed.
Jacob MacDonald has been charged by police for running down a flock of emus with his motor vehicle. I reckon eight years in the slammer would be appropriate, but then that is about what a sentence is for human murder, assuming he is found guilty. If he is guilty and convicted I am fairly sure he will go to gaol for his crime though, for a few years, or a couple........hmm, maybe a community service order, which are absolute jokes and often just ignored by the convicted. Photo of the accused, from Yahoo7.
Well, cruelty to a plentiful species in Australia is one thing, but cruelty to a threatened species is another, to name the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle, or Wedgies as some of us call them. They are majestic birds, akin to the American Eagle in status. They glide around effortlessly high in the sky. I have seen them. At killer speed they can swoop down on prey. I think it it is a bit of an urban myth that they have taken cute little white puppy dogs. There may be a doctored Youtube video out there somewhere of a bird taking a cute little puppy. They are opportunist birds that do at times take live animals but mostly they eat carrion and many studies over long periods say that a well mothered healthy lamb will be fine. Survival of the fittest, I suppose. We can conclude that these birds are not a great threat to farmed animals, yet farmers blame them, or did, for livestock losses.
This bloke put a lot of effort into killing Wedge Tailed Eagles. Murray James Sylvester killed 406 wedge tailed eagles with poison. Being an older bloke, there are not photos of New Zealand born Sylvester on the net, so I doubt questions will haunt him into his old age, or will they........