Short Story: The public announcement in 1974 that the Emu was selected as the national bird of Australia rankled New Zealand residents. But flaunting the fact that their little cousin to the east didn’t even have a national bird fanned the flames of anger. New Zealanders took to the streets in protest. They demanded that Prime Minister Al Wazlate take action. Al, a small slightly built man, didn’t like demonstrators outside his window creating negative publicity. He wanted to make the protest go away. He had to come up with a national bird to erase the Aussies embarrassment of his home country.