Australian road officials have been considering ways to save a coastal emu habitat in northern New South Wales from the impact of a proposed highway which will cut through the birds’ territory. The emu, one of the world’s largest birds, can run at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour but has come under threat in recent years from drought and land clearing.
“They need a certain critical number to survive and if you cut them in half, and have half on either side of this new road, then it virtually guarantees their extinction,” said.
The state’s Roads and Maritime Service has proposed underground tunnels to help protect the emus – a measure which has been used to save koalas and reptiles. Elsewhere in Australia, authorities have built suspension rope bridges for others animals such as possums.