Bird of a feather brings the herd together: Bizarre moment a stunned farmer catches an EMU turning his sheep
- A farmer has caught an emu rounding sheep on a property in Buchan, VIC
- The farmer said the emu had been keeping the herd for two days
- Land was destroyed earlier this year by forest fires that tore through East Gippsland
An emu undertook to gather a flock of sheep on a rural site after it was scorched by furious forest fires.
The rat bird collected the animals for two days at the beginning of January on a farm in Buchan Station, in the East Gippsland region of Victoria.
Beef and sheep farmer Bryan Hayden assessed the property when he saw the remarkable face and said that the emu worked as well as a shepherd dog.
In recordings made by Mr Hayden, the emu circles around the herd and collects each sheep in a group.
“In times of need, mother nature sometimes lends a hand,” wrote Hayden on Facebook.
Hayden said there were barely any gates around the 800-hectare site due to the fires, making handling of livestock virtually impossible.
“While trying to inspect surviving sheep, a wild emu instinctively gathered a herd of ewes and lambs and held them in place like a normal sheepdog would. Then look for another herd, “he said.
An emu was captured capturing a herd of sheep on a site at Buchan Station in the Eastern Gippsland region of Victoria
The emu rounded the herd two days after the land was scorched by furious forest fires
“Hard to believe, but in the event of disasters, nature reigns.”
Furious forest fires tore through 90 percent of the farm at the end of December.
The fires in East Gippsland burned for about three months and destroyed more than 320,000 hectares of land.
A beef and sheep farmer, Bryan Hayden, recorded the remarkable moment earlier this month