Mob of Emus Trap Family in a Car in Eagle Rock

StoryfulPublished: June 30, 2017Updated: July 1, 2017207 views
Published: June 30, 2017Updated: July 1, 2017

A family on a cross-country vacation was trapped in a car by a mob (yes, that’s what they’re called) of emus in Eagle Rock, Missouri, on June 30. New Yorker Angela Maresca stopped at Promised Land Zoo in Eagle Rock to treat her kids to a day of animal watching. While on the safari, the family was stopped by emus that pecked at the car windows looking for food. The children in the car can be heard laughing in delight.

Maresca and her family are taking a cross-country driving vacation to explore several American states. They landed in Arkansas and rented a car to drive to Missouri. Maresca told Storyful, “We thought we would make great memories driving across the open land with the children. We are from New York City and wanted to give them an experience of middle America, but we never expected this.

The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. It is endemic to Australia where it is the largest native bird and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. The emu's range covers most of mainland Australia, but the Tasmanian emu and King Island emu subspecies became extinct after the European settlement of Australia in 1788. The bird is sufficiently common for it to be rated as a least-concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 1.9 metres (6.2 ft) in height. Emus can travel great distances, and when necessary can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph); they forage for a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go for weeks without eating. They drink infrequently, but take in copious amounts of water when the opportunity arises.

” Credit: Angela Maresca via Storyful

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