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Old Sunday 14th April 2019, 11:03   #1
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Cassowary kills man

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Old Sunday 14th April 2019, 11:19   #2
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I used to have a budgie. It was a really sweet, friendly bird.

Apart from with my uncle. It would land on his head and bite his ears really hard.
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I suspect the cassowary vs human arithmetic remains heavily biased in favour of humans.

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I went looking for these birds in Cape York Australia. They have claws like a Grizzly Bear.
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Old Monday 15th April 2019, 04:06   #6
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I suspect the cassowary vs human arithmetic remains heavily biased in favour of humans.

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It is, roadkill remains one if the main causes of death for the species.
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Old Monday 15th April 2019, 05:42   #7
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I went looking for these birds in Cape York Australia. They have claws like a Grizzly Bear.
Jeez, a Harpy Eagle, or big buck Kangaroo near as dammit have claws like a Grizzly Bear ..... those toenails on the Cassowary look more comparable to something like a T-Rex !
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Jeez, a Harpy Eagle, or big buck Kangaroo near as dammit have claws like a Grizzly Bear ..... those toenails on the Cassowary look more comparable to something like a T-Rex !
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Or my ex wife........

Seriously though, this is potentailly a very dangerous bird, for obvious reasons, I'd be interested in a comparison foot size with Ostrich?
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Diet is mostly fruit, seeds and small mammals. I often wonder if it had been long extinct, and we only had fossil evidence, would palaeontologists instead conclude that it was a fierce predator?
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Jeez, a Harpy Eagle, or big buck Kangaroo near as dammit have claws like a Grizzly Bear ..... those toenails on the Cassowary look more comparable to something like a T-Rex !
That is what it is like. A cross between an ostrich and a T-Rex. Although when I found one, it just ignored us. One came out of the forest onto the beach and everyone scattered, leaving just me and the Cassowary on the beach. I got some good photos. They do have the potential to kill people but I think they would do this only if you bother them or get to close to them or their babies. Much the same as bears that I have encountered many times in my home of Alberta.
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Old Monday 6th May 2019, 17:45   #11
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I stand about 5 foot 10 inches and these buggers are as tall and in some cases even bigger than me.
Never seen one in the wild as that is a long way north of me but seen them in the Zoo and at Australia Zoo, which is or was the Steve Irwin one that the family are still running.
The old fella was just that I would think and not too quick on his feet, which these are so it may have been an accident waiting to happen.
And it is the roads that claim many of these.

On a slightly different not the Emu.
I think that are related as both do have the same looking feet.
When was able to work I was working on the roads.
One day we watched a mob of Emu's cross the road and they were just slightly down from the top of a small hill.
We knew what was going to happen and it did.
A lady came over the top of the hill and bang, she hit one and we were watching at the right time.
The feathers rose up into the air like it was a pillow fight.
The lady drove on and came to us and told us what we knew and seen.
But she said I think its still alive.

So we jumped into the truck and went to see and sure enough it was still alive.
But both legs were broken at the knee's. I was working with 2 Aboriginal fellas and I said you are going to have to finish it of as it was suffering.
To my surprise neither one of them would do it (so I would hate to see the living of the land).
So I done the job which I will not put down here .

On another job where I was working we were pouring concrete and these Emus would be trying to eat it out of the wheelbarrow. And lunch time was a fight to get the food to your mouth before a large beak would come into view. We had to get them locked away so we could work in peace.
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