Being the Head of Learning Area for Technology, I try to be open to every bit of new technology that comes my way. So, when the leg of a dead emu was given to me this morning, I thought it might make for a useful pointing device. I think it was rather effective in gaining the attention of the students. I might work on implanting a laser in it,... or maybe a laser in each of the 3 fingers. (make sure you click on the photo at left to enlarge it.
A fellow Shed Men of mine who also is our head of grounds gave me the emu leg. He said the dead emu was found on someone's farm. I thought it was fascinating to see up close. The emu is such a strange animal. The texture of the leg almost looks lizard-like. It's hard and bony, with some long nails on the ends of the 3 fingers. Lanette wasn't too keen about me bringing it home and leaving it on the kitchen bench for her to discover ("bench" down here means "counter").
Here's some other photos I've taken of emus. The first one we saw near Pemberton in southwest WA and was probably about 5 feet tall. The second one was spotted on the outback sheep station we stayed at in July 2008. And the last set of rubber tire emus were from the Sculptures by the Sea at Cottlesloe Beach in Perth last March.