Emmanuel the emu – a viral sensation from earlier this year – is near death after bird flu spread through his farm…killing many other owners’ animals.
Taylor Blake shared the sad news on Saturday, saying their business – Knuckle Bump Farms – has been hit hard by bird flu…this after a group of wild geese flew on their property consistently lately – leaving behind them were deadly strains of the flu that wreaked havoc.
I lost Emily, Eliza and Elliot. The virus hit them extremely hard and very quickly. I tried my best to save them, but failed. We lost all the chickens and ducks on our farm. We lost all our geese. We lost our 2 female black swans. We lost our two turkeys.
Blake says they’ve lost 99% of their pet birds – including all of their ducks, geese and chickens…not to mention some of their emus, including Emily, Eliza and Elliot.
Now it looks like only Emmanuel and another emu named Rico have remained alive – but TB says Emmanuel is on the mend at the moment after an unexpected fall on Wednesday… apparently as a result of catching bird flu which is on their farm.
I run about 4 hours of sleep in 4 days because all that matters to me is saving it. Currently it is stable. His neurological symptoms have improved, but he still does not want to eat or drink on his own. I hand feed him and give him subcutaneous fluids every 2 hours 24 hours a day. pic.twitter.com/qXkTRE8Jb6
Blake says she looks after him 24 hours a day and Emmanuel is fighting to stay alive. While she’s devastated by the loss of their other animals…she says she’s grateful to still have Emmanuel and believes he’ll make a full recovery – despite some nerve damage.
She explains… “It feels like I haven’t been able to take a break for the past few months, but I’m incredibly blessed. I have so much gratitude in my heart that Emmanuel is still alive. May he fight . That my best friend is making a comeback. I’m fine, we’re fine!”
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Blake says she is working to get Emmanuel back to 100% with physical therapy and asks the public for prayers, as well as help on advice regarding the big bird PT.
One last thing… it looks like the water that was scattered all over Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian may have contributed to the bird flu spreading like crazy. Scary stuff, especially if you have livestock that may be susceptible. I hope Emmanuel can pull through.