A group of walkers on Scenic Hill stumbled across a sight for fluffy eyes last week, spotting a nest of emu chicks hidden amongst the foliage of the hill scrub.
"A friend of mine walked the short winter track around midday and just saw these emu chicks," a Feral Jogger told The Area News.
"She didn't see the parent emu however, no mum or dad in sight."
Longtime local Christine Moloney said that she almost stepped on the chicks whilst walking.
"They just appeared out of nowhere, just sitting and enjoying the sun," Mrs Moloney said.
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Male and female emus start to pair up for breeding between December and January and start to mate in April where the female lays starts laying eggs.
The male emu then sits on the eggs for the remainder of the incubation period, an average of eight weeks where he doesn't eat or drink and just lives off his fat and any nearby dew on grass.
Another feral commented that it was a mix of 'good and bad' to spot the emu chicks on their lunchtime walk.
"It's bad because the male emu is usually very attentive so maybe something has gone wrong," the Feral Jogger said.
And even though the big bird species is usually docile and relatively peaceful, they have been known to be particularly dangerous when protecting their babies and striking out with their strong legs and powerful claws.
"It's good however because if the parent was around there could have been some injuries inflicted by a defensive parent!" they continued.
Just this week and just outside of town in Widgelli, Lea and Wayne Salvestro spotted some emu chicks a little older that the Scenic Hill chicks, all walking alongside their dad.
Usually, the male emu will stay with chicks for approximately 18 months where he teaches them how to find food and water and stay safe from predators.
Mr Salvestro said he had never seen 'anything like this' before.
"Usually you see the big mobs of kangaroos altogether but never this many emu chicks hanging around dad," Mr Salvestro said.
"It was a really nice sight to see."
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