Big Bird Lives With Family

funny dog blog - emu watches tv with familyI never had the opportunity to watch Sesame Street while growing up.

My formative years months were spent trying to survive in the streets and in animal shelter lock downs.

I had a rough beginning so it wasn’t until I was a mature mutt that I got my first glimpse of a big, yellow bird on TV, creatively called Big Bird.

Color me unimpressed.

Is it me or does this bird get overly excited when he discovers new things?

Hey, Bird, settle down. Seven times seven has always equaled 49.

And talk about being afflicted with Debbie Downer Dachshund Syndrome, he gets extremely disappointed when things don’t work out.

But then again, how emotionally balanced is a bird going to be when his best friend is an imaginary wooly mammoth?

Maybe it’s best I didn’t grow up watching this stuff.

Some folks just won’t let it go, though. Like this family that actually has a big bird living with them.

Meet the family who live with an emu – in the Essex suburbs. From washing in the bath to joining in at mealtimes, Beaky loves to be a part of home life.

When the six Newby children sit down to watch television, their feathered ‘big sister’ will barge into the living room to watch her favourite shows – wildlife programmes, naturally.

But her size (90kg, or 14st) and diet (large portions of broccoli and cauliflower) mean it’s better at night for this Essex bird to be banished to a summerhouse in the garden.

‘Beaky was given to me as an egg as a Christmas present by my wife two-and-a-half years ago,’ said Iain Newby, 44, who owns a rescue facility for dangerous animals.

She started running about with the children and playing with their toys, and is now very much a part of the family, who live in Little Wakering, near Southend.

Because they all grew up together, Mr Newby’s children – Jack, seven, Harry, six, Bryce, five, George, three, Peter, two, and Joe, ten months – all feel that Beaky is like a sister to them.

Despite their size, emus are no longer classified as dangerous animals by law and anyone is free to buy one and raise it in the UK.‘They live 60 years, grow up very strong and not all of them are as friendly as our special Beaky. She is a powerful animal and, if we have a stranger in the house, she will rush up to them to size them up.

‘When she gets excited she’ll turn into kung-fu Beaky and start running up and down the garden. She’ll jump about a yard into the air and kick her legs out.’


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