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Emu goes door-to-door, moves in with family

Megan, Tamika and Donna Corr with Ume the emu which has been knocking on doors in Coonarr looking for food. The injured emu is being treated by Donna until it can be relocated to a wildlife park.
Megan, Tamika and Donna Corr with Ume the emu which has been knocking on doors in Coonarr looking for food. The injured emu is being treated by Donna until it can be relocated to a wildlife park.

A VERY friendly emu has caused quite a stir at Coonarr, south of Bundaberg, wandering around an estate, tapping on people's doors looking for a bite to eat.

Aaron Corr said the friendly critter came to his family's home looking for some company.

"We were in the lounge room and it was tapping on the window," Mr Corr said.

"She's been going around from house to house."

The family was happy to have the emu as a visitor but she took up a more permanent position with the family this week when they found her badly injured.

"She's got a big chunk out of her leg," Mr Corr said.

The family called the authorities who said to contain the curious creature and take care of her until they could have her taken to a more suitable location.

"We lost our pool in the tornado so she's been living in the pool fence area," Mr Corr said.

"The kids love her.

"She's quite a character and she's very friendly."

Mr Corr said he couldn't bear the thought of what may have happened to the emu if she was left out in the wild.

"I think she has been hand raised because she's very comfortable around people," he said.

"She would probably be dead now if we didn't have her here."

Mr Corr told the NewsMail that the big bird was recovering during her stay with the family and that the kids had taken a strong liking to her, feeding, watering and petting her.

"She seems to be recovering because (yesterday) was the first day she was walking with less of a limp.

"She's only a young bird but very large."

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