TikTok spin-off star Emmanuel the Emu is in the midst of a health crisis after bird flu swept across his Florida farm, killing all but a few birds.
Taylor Blake, Emmanuel’s caretaker, revealed his dire condition on social media Saturday night, blaming the outbreak on wild geese invading the farm at night.
“We’ve lost every chicken and duck on our farm. We’ve lost all our geese. We’ve lost a female black swan. Blake tweeted.
“We lost over 50 birds in 3 days. I am still trying to wrap my head around it. We thought we were out of the woods, when Emmanuel fell unexpectedly last Wednesday.”
Emmanuel has over 2 million fans on TikTok, largely due to his hilarious attacks on Blake’s mobile while she was making farm life videos.
Blake said she has been taking care of him around the clock since Wednesday with the help of a vet who sedated and stabilized him. She has posted a series of photos of her and her friend trying to get a sick emo back to health.
Currently, it is stable. His nervous symptoms have subsided, but he does not eat or drink alone. I hand-feed him and give him subcutaneous fluids every two hours around the clock.”
“The problem we have is that he has a little bit of nerve damage in his right leg and right foot, he came down in the middle of the night and we didn’t know until the next morning. He spent hours lying on one side and doing some damage.”
She said it was a miracle that he didn’t kill like other birds.
“I have so much gratitude in my heart that Emmanuel is still alive. He is fighting. That my best friend will come back. I will be fine, we will be fine!”