Living on a farm has its benefits. My family eats well. I guess the other benefit is the fact we are surrounded by different kinds of animals.
Wilkins the Emu is just one of the many animals on the farm. We have two pairs of emu’s on the farm. Emus are a bit different than the other animals though when it comes to caring for their young. While the female still lays the egg, it is the male that does all of the sitting.
The male emu will sit on the egg from when it is laid until hatched. I’ve never really counted the days but it’s a long time. It is rare to see the male leave the egg.
How did Wilkins get his name?
One day the Mayor of Astoria – The honorable Willis VanDusen was riding his Harley and decided to check in on the farm. He got the full tour from my then 5 year old daughter. He asked me which was the meanest animal on the farm. I pointed out an emu and told him not to turn his back on him. He likes to peck. Willis then asked what the emu’s name was. I told him that particular emu didn’t have a name.
Willis asked if he could name it Wilkins. And so it was.
Of the many animals on the farm, Wilkins is one of my favorites. He’s the only emu that lets people pet him and is friendly as far as emu’s go.
So if you are driving around Brownsmead in the future and spy an emu in the field, it’s a good chance you just spotted Wilkins The Emu.