Can emus kill you?

Yes, they can. They kick very hard, and have sharp toenails. Never stand directly behind one.

However, they are generally quite placid creatures and do not pose danger to people. Their long toenails are used in defence against potential predators. There is no truth to the myth that more people are killed by emus than by sharks. In fact, the prevalence is so low that statistics for deaths by emu are not available.

An emu in the wild is more likely to run from people, whilst farmed emus are more interested in checking out anything that piques their interest. The most danger caused by an emu would be if one suddenly ran in front of one's car, causing the driver to swerve and hit a tree.