Fluffy the Emu regularly follows runners and hikers in the park
Fluffy the Emu regularly follows runners and hikers in the park Supplied

Why should horse riders have more rights than emus?


I AM disappointed to learn an emu, famous for its antics at the weekly Nambour Parkrun, is at risk of being kicked out of its home.

The Wildlife Hospital believes horse riders have complained that Fluffy and Miffy have frightened horses as they trotted through the Parklands reserve, located between Nambour and Yandina.

If true it begs the question, what gives the domestic horses more rights in a reserve than a wild, native animal?

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They have the world at their hooves, surely there are other beautiful trails to ride a horse if the harmless birds are truly too frightening.

We hear enough about development on the Sunshine Coast displacing our local wildlife.

Yet here is an area of bushland intended to protect flora and fauna, and a pair of emus are at risk of being moved on.

Where do these riders suggest they go? I couldn't think of a more appropriate place for them to be.

Sure, if they were roaming a residential street and putting themselves and others in harm's way, I would understand.

But this is just outrageous.

Should the famous Nambour Parkrun emu be kicked out of its home?

This poll ended on 26 July 2019.

Current Results

Yes, it's getting in the way.


No! Leave it alone.


I'm not sure.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Fluffy became somewhat of a global sensation after Parkrun shared a video of the giant bird joining runners on the 5km Saturday run.

I hear she also joins the back-runner over the finish line. I have been that person, my knee blown out, gasping for breath after an unexpectedly rough run through the rough, hilly terrain.

I would have felt a lot better crossing the line with an animal that can clock 50km/h.

Let's preserve these unique Parkrun participants, and their right to roam free through the reserve.