The Emu is the world's second-largest living bird, and like the largest (the ostrich), is also flightless due to its undersized wings. Its feathers are of a soft and downy nature and are unlike the generally-accepted idea of a feather with no rigid vein running down the center. When they have attained a mature age they stand between 5 and 6 feet tall, and can weigh up to 70 kilograms. In no way does their size interfere with their mobility as they can attain speeds of up to 60 km/hr.

They are a very versatile animal being found dwelling in forests, deserts, and also plains. Surviving in temperatures anywhere from less than zero through to climates as high as 100 degrees, they can live on a simple diet but do drink abundant amounts of water, consuming between 8 and 15 litres daily. Emus are hardy birds and some have been recorded living for 30 years, but it is their adaptability as a species that has seen them survive for 80 million years in their native home of Australia.

As a source of useful elements, the emu has held a special place in the lives of the Australian indigenous aboriginal people (Koori) for many centuries. Their meat was a good source of food (low in fat and cholesterol, high in iron and protein), their hides and feathers were used for clothing, bedding, and shelter, and last, but by no means least, the emu was a source of medicinal elements too.

Emu oil was utilised by the Koori people to help with many ailments, including accelerating the healing of wounds and burns, reducing arthritic and muscle pain, reducing itchiness and inflammation of insect bites, as well as aiding relief to general pain and swelling. Emu oil was also used with skin irritations and conditions, from sunburn to cracked lips. It is still being used today for many of these things.

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