Two ‘hornbag’ emus have been named after Australian ‘style icons’ Kath and Kim due to their sassy attitude and preference for hot chips.
The Australian Reptile Park, on the NSW Central Coast, recently announced the names of their two new emu chicks following a global naming competition.
Brooke Barton, a mammal and bird keeper at the Reptile Park, said the names, taken from the hit Aussie comedy TV show Kath and Kim, suit the emus perfectly.
The emus were named after satirical Australian style icons Kath and Kim (pictured above)
The emu chicks (pictured above) love being fed hot chips from daily visitors to the Reptile Park
‘They are always stealing people’s hot chips and getting into trouble,’ she said.
‘Both of them are two very foxy ladies.’
The emus have also shown they enjoy the finer things in life, often spotted feasting on carrots and other treats before eventually eating their healthy greens.
Tim Faulkner, the Director at the Australian Reptile Park, described the two female emus as ‘sassy.’
‘I always love watching visitors meet them for the first time, they are always so full of personality,’ he said.
‘Kath and Kim have been perfect ambassadors for us, they are very popular with our guests.’
The emus are often seeing ‘gas bagging’ together, much to the amusement of staff at the Reptile Park
Both emu chicks (pictured) have proven to be popular additions and ‘must see’ attractions for guests
The hit comedy series Kath and Kim, starring Gina Riley and Jane Turner, ran on the ABC and Seven Network from 2002-2007 and quickly developed a cult following.
It stars title characters Kath Day-Knight, a cheery, middle-aged suburban mother, and Kim Craig, her lazy, self-indulgent daughter.
Hollywood actor Eric Bana, performer Kylie Minogue and Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne are just some of the A-list names who made guest appearances on the show.
Emus down under: a brief synopsis
*Emus are the second largest bird in the world, after ostriches, standing up to 190cm tall and weighing 55kg
*Their appearance is shaggy grey-brown to black, with their neck a striking blue-black colour
*With their powerful legs, emus can reach speeds of 50km per hour
*Their preferred habitat includes open plains but they are also found in snowfields, forests and savannah woodlands
* The main threats to emus are vehicle collision and deliberate slaughter
Source: Bush Heritage Australia