The Easter Bunny had a little help this year from a couple of emus named Eva and Zsa Zsa that live at Alaqua Animal Refuge.



Eva and Zsa Zsa's eggs were recently donated to help raise funds for their upkeep and that of other animals living at AAR. The eggs were transformed into works of art by local artists and animal lovers and were auctioned off as a fundraiser for AAR held at Donna Burgess Gallery last weekend. By the end of the evening, all eggs were sold and AAR was better off by $2,957, said gallery manager Chad Gill.



There were a total of 30 eggs that were auctioned, and Gill's use of two eggs to create a decorative lamp brought in the highest single amount of $350.



John Hollan's bling egg sporting crystals and black and white sand brought in the second highest bid of the evening at $300.



Gill said approximately 200 people attended the soiree, and he hopes it will become an annual event to benefit AAR.



"It brought a lot of artists together and was fantastic," he said. "I hope we will do it as long as the emus continue to lay the eggs."