Infrared Zoo Gallery - Emu


Infrared Emu

You can barely see this emu in its dark home in the visible image to the right. He does however, glow brightly in the infrared. Since emus are warm-blooded, they generate their own body heat. This emu had been standing in hot sunlight before entering its shaded shelter to cool off. In the infrared images, you can see the emu's warm top feathers which had the most exposure to sunlight. The emu's legs and head are also very warm. Much of the heat from the emu's legs and face is internal body heat escaping from areas of the emu's body that are not covered by thick feathers.


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Images taken at America's Teaching Zoo (Moorpark College)

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