Australian Emu Attack Video

The emu is a non-aggressive bird that would rather run away than confront an adversary. If threated it has a number of defensive tactics.

Puffing and Hissing

The emu’s first line of defence/attack when threatened at close quarters is to pull itself up to its full height, puff up its neck feathers, open its mouth wide, give out bloodcurdling hisses and charge at you pretending to attack. It will usually stop before actually coming in any physical contact. If this ruse doesn’t work then it will resort to its “plan b”.


The emu’s “plan b” at close quarters is a swift kick or two with its powerful legs.

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