Swimming Emu

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Subject: Swimming Emu
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 08:35:10 +1000
Hello & first e-mail sent to you all!
Swimming Emu Saturday 26 April 2002
I was camping at Murray-Kulkyne Regional Park / National Park in Victoria on the Murray River at a campsite known as the Boiler. It was 09:45 and I observed around 100 meters away an animal enter the river and it took me a few seconds to relate to my brain what this animal was? Thinking of Nessy and the Bunyip or a the biggest Darter I have ever seen. I realised that the animal swimming very well from NSW into Victoria against a reasonable current was an Emu.
I was amazed and after a few minutes the Emu made the bank on the Vic side and had a quick shake and went on its way, slowly moving through vegetation looking on the ground for food.
I expect Emus swim all the time and at this stage I haven't had the opportunity to check on this behaviour in HANZAB. Has anybody else seen this behaviour in the wild? It was great to see I must admit.
David Farrar
Balwyn Vic.
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