Emu eggs being stolen from the Alabama zoo

March 18th, 2011 - 8:07 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Alabama, Mar 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Officials at the Mobile Zoo in Alabama are fighting to prevent further theft of emu eggs in the zoo. The officials say at least two of the eggs have been stolen recently.

The zoo believes that the thieves disguise themselves as visitors and during the course of their visit, the officials suspect that the thieves sneak themselves to where the eggs are kept. The officials keep the eggs at the site for incubation.

The zoo has two female and male emus. The animals lay a total of up to 12 eggs during the spring. The eggs are mostly stolen during regular visiting hours. The challenge facing the authorities at the zoo is how to keep the eggs safe from the thieves.

The eggs are left at a special part of the zoo assigned for the birds’ ground nests. An emu egg takes as much as 50 days to hatch and the temperature surrounding the hatchery should be kept at a delicate level. This means the officials should keep a constant check on the eggs to ensure that temperature.

Officials hope they would be able to stop the thieves with a new fencing that they have erected.

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