It's bye, bye Beaky ... Iain's feathered celeb

"Family" - Iain Newby with Beaky and the first egg she laid

First published in Echo News

SHE was the house-trained emu who left her family in Great Wakering in search of romance.

Sadly Beaky’s love story didn’t have a happy ending...she has died of a virus.

The five-year-old emu was hand-reared by Iain Newby at his wildlife centre, where she considered herself part of the family and was even known to settle down on the sofa and watch TV.

She left Great Wakering for an assignation male emunamed Lord Durham at Shuttleworth College, in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, last year. But their happiness didn’t last long.

Beaky died on Sunday night.

Mr Newby, who had hoped Beaky would enjoy her new life with her mate, said: “I was absolutely gutted when I heard she’d died.

“I couldn’t even speak when the college phoned and I’ve been in a daze ever since.”

Beaky hatched from an egg Mr Newby was given as a Christmas present.

He built a special incubator and watched in amazement as she not only hatched, but thrived.

She rewarded Mr Newby’s efforts by regularly providing the familywith super-sized eggs for breakfast, as well as becoming a companion to his six children and enjoying TV fame, appearing alongside the likes of Richard and Judy.

Once 7ft tall and fully grown, however, she was reluctantly sent to the college in the hope little emus might follow.

Shuttleworth College’s animal welfare unit is run by, and trains, professionals to care for animals, Animal welfare students looked after Beaky for more than a year, but she succumbed to the virus.

Mr Newby said: “She was so tame she used to sit in our front room on the sofa and watch TV with the kids.

“She was on TV on Richard and Judy, This morning and Blue Peter, because she was so tame. Emus don’t normally go near humans at all.

“She even featured on Australian TV, because they couldn’t believe she was so tame.”

Beaky died young for an emu – they can live to be as old as 60.

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2:01pm Thu 1 May 14

Hazey View says...

I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.
I hope that Grotbags didn't get him. Hazey View
  • Score: 2

2:05pm Thu 1 May 14

Blind Haze says...

Hazey View wrote:
I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.
Beaky was female...
[quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.[/p][/quote]Beaky was female... Blind Haze
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Thu 1 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Would have made quite a feast, that bird BBQ'd ?
Would have made quite a feast, that bird BBQ'd ? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -10

2:44pm Thu 1 May 14

Hazey View says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Hazey View wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.
Beaky was female...
You make a small but utterly irrelevant point. Like a lot of people who comment on this site, I hadn't actually read the story before weighing in with my twopenneth worth.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.[/p][/quote]Beaky was female...[/p][/quote]You make a small but utterly irrelevant point. Like a lot of people who comment on this site, I hadn't actually read the story before weighing in with my twopenneth worth. Hazey View
  • Score: -1

2:56pm Thu 1 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

First Rod Hull and now Emu :(
First Rod Hull and now Emu :( poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

2:58pm Thu 1 May 14

Blind Haze says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
First Rod Hull and now Emu :(
Apparently it was suicide - Emu's solo tour didn't go as well as expected.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: First Rod Hull and now Emu :([/p][/quote]Apparently it was suicide - Emu's solo tour didn't go as well as expected. Blind Haze
  • Score: -8

2:58pm Thu 1 May 14

Blind Haze says...

Hazey View wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Hazey View wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.
Beaky was female...
You make a small but utterly irrelevant point. Like a lot of people who comment on this site, I hadn't actually read the story before weighing in with my twopenneth worth.
I don't think your opinion was even worth 2p.
[quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.[/p][/quote]Beaky was female...[/p][/quote]You make a small but utterly irrelevant point. Like a lot of people who comment on this site, I hadn't actually read the story before weighing in with my twopenneth worth.[/p][/quote]I don't think your opinion was even worth 2p. Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

3:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Hazey View says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Hazey View wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Hazey View wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.
Beaky was female...
You make a small but utterly irrelevant point. Like a lot of people who comment on this site, I hadn't actually read the story before weighing in with my twopenneth worth.
I don't think your opinion was even worth 2p.
I haven't read your comment but expect that it's heartily supportive if mine and that you gave it a thumbs up.

Thanks!
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: I hope that Grotbags didn't get him.[/p][/quote]Beaky was female...[/p][/quote]You make a small but utterly irrelevant point. Like a lot of people who comment on this site, I hadn't actually read the story before weighing in with my twopenneth worth.[/p][/quote]I don't think your opinion was even worth 2p.[/p][/quote]I haven't read your comment but expect that it's heartily supportive if mine and that you gave it a thumbs up. Thanks! Hazey View
  • Score: -3

4:04pm Thu 1 May 14

the25man says...

No wonder the EMU died having to watch the rubbish on tele
No wonder the EMU died having to watch the rubbish on tele the25man
  • Score: -2

8:13pm Thu 1 May 14

pussycats says...

Beaky was adorable. Iain Newby...you looked after her so well. You did the right thing......but things happen...You're a good guy! x
Beaky was adorable. Iain Newby...you looked after her so well. You did the right thing......but things happen...You're a good guy! x pussycats
  • Score: 8

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