Tens of thousands of these hideous hellbirds began to ravage the already-shitty farmland. Can you imagine how pissed you'd be if you finally made some progress on truly terrible land, after years and years of backbreaking labor, only to have 20,000 of these Jim Henson rejects start gobbling up the wheat?
Keep in mind, emus are birds by definition, but they're basically dinosaurs. Topping out at over six feet and reaching max speeds of around 30 mph with razor-sharp beaks, they're as close as we've got to damn velociraptors. They're one of those creatures that reaffirm my suspicion that if there is a big man up there, he's a mean drunk. They look and behave like someone hot-glued a bunch of feathers on a naked Andy Dick and set him loose.
I'm just trying to paint a picture of the foe the Australian military would soon be going up against. Also, to be clear, the emus were there first. From the emus point of view, this was an Independence Day situation.