Florida farm proprietor Taylor Blake has revealed her emu, which shot to fame after being featured in a number of viral movies she posts to social media, just isn’t dying of avian flu as she beforehand thought, and is simply confused. 

‘Emmanuel Todd Lopez examined unfavorable for Avian Influenza at 2 separate labs, swab, fecal and blood,’ she tweeted on Saturday. 

Blake even reached out to Bindi Irwin for assist treating her emu, named Emmanuel Todd Lopez, however was refuted as Irwin didn’t imagine she didn’t have the expertise to assist. 

Fortunately, Blake has revealed her emu has examined unfavorable for the killer illness and the signs that beforehand plagued him, which DailyMail.com reported on, ‘all stemmed from stress.’

Florida farmer Taylor Blake has been sharing the story of her sick emu Emmanuel on social media, and has revealed he has tested negative for the deadly avian flu

Florida farmer Taylor Blake has been sharing the story of her sick emu Emmanuel on social media, and has revealed he has examined unfavorable for the lethal avian flu

Emmanuel the emu slowly recovered from what his owners now believe was extreme stress, but he was left unable to eat and drink for days

Emmanuel the emu slowly recovered from what his homeowners now imagine was excessive stress, however he was left unable to eat and drink for days

The roughly 5-foot-8, 120-pound emu faces 'a long road ahead' to recovery, Blake said, but insists that the lovable animal - who has been left temporarily unable to walk because of his affliction - is a 'fighter'

The roughly 5-foot-8, 120-pound emu faces ‘an extended highway forward’ to restoration, Blake stated, however insists that the lovable animal – who has been left briefly unable to stroll due to his affliction – is a ‘fighter’

‘He would not have the virus, and isn’t actively shedding the virus. God is sweet! Thanks for the prayers, the sort phrases and the help. At all times belief your instinct!’

The pair went viral on TikTok and different social media websites over the previous yr as viewers laughed together with the quirky chicken’s antics, that included play fights and cuddles.

Blake stated Emmanuel was ‘extremely overwhelmed by the state coming in and euthanizing our flock,’ however added the euthanization was ‘needed,’ however nonetheless ‘very irritating on him.’ 

Earlier this month, she defined she had misplaced each hen and duck in addition to many geese, turkeys and swans. 

The farmer, who owns Knuckle Bump Farms in south Florida, detailed Emmanuel’s points and the place it started to go incorrect. 

‘He stopped consuming the day they depopulated,’ she stated. 

‘Emus can not afford to not eat, they depend on correct diet. We additionally didn’t see him drink, he remoted himself within the farthest nook of the pasture, as far-off from the individuals sporting hazmat fits,’ she continued on Twitter. 

After collapsing in the midst of the night time as a result of he was ‘so weak and dehydrated,’ Emmanuel panicked and thrashed round for hours. 

Although the flightless chicken was too dehydrated for the farmers to attract blood, Blake stated ‘one thing in my intestine informed me this wasn’t the tip for him.’ 

Blake additionally stated her emu ‘by no means as soon as had a single symptom of AI, aside from not consuming, which is usually attributable to stress in emus. It was simply very coincidental timing.’

She added that Emmanuel was ‘examined for all the pieces below the solar,’ and got here up unfavorable for ailments corresponding to West Nile Virus and Chlamydia. 

The farmer thanked those that despatched ‘constructive ideas, prayers and good vitality,’ but in addition took time to thank those that had much less good issues to say. 

‘Thanks to these of you who haven’t had something good to say, as a result of it pressured me deeper into my religion and made me battle even tougher for Emmanuel.’ 

‘He’s going to make a full restoration, and I shall be with him each step of the way in which,’ she added.

Whereas it appears the story may have a cheerful ending for Emmanuel, the emu’s prospects did not at all times look so rosy. 

Blake despatched a determined plea to the Irwin clan after she believed Emmanuel had contracted the flu.

‘I’ve been a fan of your loved ones for so long as I can keep in mind, I’m reaching out to you in whole desperation proper now,’ she tweeted.

She thought her beloved bird Emmanuel was the latest bird to contract the flu, prompting Taylor to send a desperate plea to the Irwin clan

She thought her beloved chicken Emmanuel was the newest chicken to contract the flu, prompting Taylor to ship a determined plea to the Irwin clan

Bindi responded by saying she wasn't able to provide too much support because the team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital had never treated birds with avian flu, but did send her 'love and prayers' to the farm

Bindi responded by saying she wasn’t capable of present an excessive amount of help as a result of the workforce on the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital had by no means handled birds with avian flu, however did ship her ‘love and prayers’ to the farm 

The Florida content creator previously posted photos showing the farm's efforts to nurse the ailing emu back to health

The Florida content material creator beforehand posted pictures displaying the farm’s efforts to nurse the ailing emu again to well being

‘I need assistance saving my emu, Emmanuel. I’ll pay to fly anybody to us, in the event that they may also help, no questions requested.’

Bindi Irwin responded: ‘Thanks a lot for reaching out.’

‘Although our Wildlife Hospital which has handled over 100,000 animals together with emus, we’ve by no means handled an emu with this specific illness,’ she added.

‘We might want to depend on our fellow animal consultants with extra expertise with this avian flu.’

Bindi continued: ‘Our hearts are with you and we recognize that you just care so deeply and have such compassion for darling Emmanuel.’

A virus that kills as much as 50% of people… however transmission is uncommon: All the things you have to learn about chicken flu 

What’s chicken flu?

Hen flu, or avian flu, is an infectious sort of influenza that spreads amongst chicken species however can, on uncommon events, leap to human beings.

It’s an infectious illness of birds attributable to a variant of the usual influenza A virus. 

Hen flu is exclusive in that it may be transmitted immediately from birds to people. 

There are 15 totally different strains of the virus. It’s the H5N1 pressure which is infecting people and inflicting deaths. 

People can catch chicken flu immediately by way of shut contact with stay contaminated birds and those that work with contaminated chickens are most in danger. 

Like human influenza, there are various strains of chicken flu:

The present outbreak in birds within the US is H5N1. 

The place has it been noticed within the US?

Thus far, H5N1 viruses have been present in U.S. industrial and yard birds in 29 states and in wild birds in 36 states. There is just one documented human case of HPAI within the US.

How lethal is the virus?

Fatality charges for chicken flu in people have been estimated to be as excessive as 50 %. 

However as a result of transmission to people is so uncommon, round 500 chicken flu deaths have been reported to the World Well being Group since 1997. 

Is it transmissible from birds to people?

Circumstances of bird-to-human transmission are uncommon and normally don’t unfold on human-to-human.

Hen flu is unfold by shut contact with an contaminated chicken or the physique of 1. 

This may embrace:

  • touching contaminated birds
  • touching droppings or bedding
  • killing or making ready contaminated poultry for cooking

Professor Ian Jones, a virologist on the College of Studying, stated: ‘Switch of avian flu to individuals is uncommon because it requires direct contact between an contaminated, normally useless, chicken and the person involved. 

‘It’s a danger for the handlers who’re charged with the disposal of carcasses after an outbreak however the virus doesn’t unfold typically and poses little risk. 

‘It doesn’t behave just like the seasonal flu we’re used to.

‘Regardless of the present heightened concern round viruses there isn’t any danger to hen meat or eggs and no want for public alarm.’

Current outbreak

Roughly 38 million birds in home flocks have died in Hen Flue outbreaks since early February.

A USDA tally stated 780,000 birds in industrial flocks died of HPAI or had been culled to this point in Might, in comparison with 1.49 million birds in February, 20.96 million in March and 14.73 million in April.

However as summer season looms on the horizon, United States Division of Agriculture knowledge suggests the specter of the unfold will fade as we welcome in hotter climate. 

The final detection of HPAI was throughout the 2014-15 epidemic, one of many worst animal illness outbreaks in US historical past. It triggered some 43 million laying hens and pullets died together with 7.4 million turkeys. 

What are the signs? 

Signs of chicken flue normally take three to 5 days to look with the most typical being:  

  • a really excessive temperature 
  • or feeling scorching or shivery 
  • aching muscle tissue 
  • headache 
  • a cough or shortness of breath