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male emu with emu chick

Gwenn Seemel
Mr. Dad (Emu)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Also, girls aren’t necessarily more interested in taking care of children than boys.

Female emus mate with males, lay eggs, and then move on, often times mating with multiple males in a single season.  The male incubates his eggs, which have usually been laid by various females.  Once the young are hatched the male nurtures them for up to seven months, defending them from predators and teaching them to find food.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.