Adorable baby emu is now being raised by humans - and has struck up unlikely friendship with baby GOATS

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An adorable baby emu which was rejected by its parents is now being hand-reared and has struck up an unlikely friendship - with some baby GOATS.

Little Taz the emu is only a few days old, having hatched in an incubator last Wednesday (March 17).

Taz was the only emu to hatch out of the ten eggs laid by his parents, Del and Rodney.

Because the chick was hatched in an incubator, rather than being kept warm by his father, the two adult emus did not imprint on their newly-hatched chick.

But little Taz quickly formed other attachments - including with six baby goats that were born just a few days before the young chick.

Taz, who is being hand-reared at wildlife rescue charity Caenhill Countryside Centre, in Devizes, Wilts., has spent every day of his short life visiting and playing with the six kids.

And Taz already seems to have struck up a remarkable friendship with Alfred, Mickey, Giddy, Eddie, Marigold and Ayah the goats, who prance around the tiny bird as Taz finds his feet and learns to run around with them.

Despite the size difference between the two species, the goats already seem very protective over their little feathered friends, allowing Taz to weave in and out of their legs.

Adorable photos even show one of the goats giving Taz a gentle 'kiss' on his little black and white head.

Chris Franklin, who runs Caenhill Countryside Centre with his wife Ellie, said: "It's so lovely and wholesome to see them playing together.

"They seem to get on really well and have a special bond.

"The goats like to play and prance about, and Taz likes to play too, and needs a lot of exercise.

"He is already starting to learn to run, and adult emus can run up to 30 miles an hour.

"It's quite a heartwarming friendship - and it seems to make people happy as they follow along on our social media while we remain shut during the pandemic."

Chris also praised the charity's creative director, Caroline Le Bourgeois, who is hand-rearing little Taz.

He said: "When Taz hatched, Caroline was there and was the first person he saw - so he imprinted on her. She's been looking after him and feeding him every day."

And he added: "We have over 300 animals here at our rescue centre - and every animal really does have its own personality."