Gillian Stone, from Bexhill, is now raising the emu, which she’s named Osborne, as a family pet, reports the BBC.
She brought home three large green emu eggs from a farm on the Isle of Wight and put them in an incubator in her kitchen.
Two turned out to be infertile, but after 52 days little Osborne hatched from the third.
He needed to be hand fed at first, but at nine days old is now thriving and Ms Stone is hoping to get him a mate.
“We decided to risk putting the eggs in the incubator and, after a little bit of help Osborne arrived,” she said.
“He was destined to be an omelette but now he’s an emu.”
Osborne will grow to over 6ft tall and will soon move from Ms Stone’s home to her smallholding nearby.
Family friend Jenny Cosham said nothing Ms Stone did surprised her.
“She turns up with all sorts of things,” she said. “We’ve had chicks, we’ve had lambs, we’ve had all sorts – there was even a duck in the shower once.”