@hiitaylorblake/Screenshot by NPR
Emmanuel, a much-loved emu who has gone viral on TikTok, is in terrible shape battling bird flu.
Taylor Blake’s family farm in South Florida, Knuckle Bump Farms, lost more than 50 birds in just three days, Blake wrote on Twitter Saturday. Only two birds survived.
“Still trying to figure it out,” Blake wrote. “We thought we were out of the woods when Emmanuel fell unexpectedly last Wednesday.”
Emmanuel became a viral sensation for his behavior interrupting Blake’s TikTok videos and attacking the phone while Blake was filming.
Blake is looking for an avian specialist who can treat Emmanuel, who suffered nerve damage to his right leg and foot, according to the Twitter feed. Meanwhile, Blake posted a photo on Twitter of herself helping Emmanuel start physical therapy using a homemade sling.
Few people are aware of the dangers that wild birds pose to domestic birds. Wild birds carry and transmit a deadly virus known as bird flu. Our farm was heavily impacted by wild geese bringing AI, and we lost 99% of the birds on our farm.
— ecological sister (@hiitaylorblake) October 15, 2022
Blake announcement On Monday, she did not seek to do interviews with news outlets, tweeting, “While I appreciate news stations reporting and elevating Emmanuel’s story, the last thing that comes to my mind is mind right now is doing interviews. My best friend is fighting for his life, and I’m just doing my best not to crumble into a million pieces.”
The H5N1 bird flu has killed more than 45 million birds in the United States since an outbreak began in February, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Scientists believe that migrating wild birds brought the virus to North America earlier this year and spread the virus to more than 40 species of wild birds. While chickens and turkeys infected with the virus die quickly, some waterfowl infected with the virus can remain healthy and carry it over long distances.
The flu strain has historically posed almost no risk to humans, but public experts remain concerned about the possibility that it could spread across species.
“Because humans generally have no prior immunity to these viruses, if they were to become infected and spread the virus to other humans, then we could have another pandemic virus on our hands,” Todd Davis, an expert from animal to human diseases. at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told NPR earlier this year.
The UK is also dealing with an outbreak of bird flu – the largest on record – and declared a bird flu prevention zone on Monday, forcing UK birdwatchers to follow strict biosecurity measures. Bird keepers in Britain will have to keep birds free range in fenced areas and separate domestic ducks and geese from other poultry. Guardians will also need to regularly clean and disinfect their shoes.
#Emmanuel #famous #emu #TikTok #bird #flu #deadly #outbreak #Florida #farm