Turns Out Emus Can Fly... With a Little Help From the Air Force

Apparently emus can fly after all – if they have a plane handy, that is. One of the giant birds has been flown by the Colombian Air Force to meet a female as part of a conservation program for the species.

According to the air force, the 4-year-old male was transported from Cali to the CAFAM zoological park in Melgar, with the hope that it would “integrate favorably to its new habitat and companion.”

The emu was received by veterinarians and environmental professionals, who then accompanied its ground transportation to the CAFAM park, a facility tailored to ensure exotic species’ welfare and development, the air force said. Credit: Colombian Air Force via Storyful