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Your morning adorable: Emu chick at Berlin zoo

April 24, 2009 | 11:12 am

Emu chick at the Berlin Zoo

The Berlin zoo's newest addition is this emu chick, born last week and seen walking with its father.  It's not just a coincidence that it's in the company of its male parent -- emu fathers do all the "child"-rearing and even handle egg-incubation duties.  While they're sitting on the eggs, they scarcely move -- even to eat -- and can lose up to a third of their total body weight.  Emu mothers take no part in the care of chicks.

Emus are the world's second-largest bird (behind the ostrich) and are native to Australia.  When this chick is an adult, it's likely to weigh about 100 pounds, stand 5 to 6 feet tall and be able to run about 30 miles per hour.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Maya Hitij / Associated Press

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