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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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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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