Over six-feet-tall, large claws, the ability to run 50 kilometres per hour, 150 pounds — this is not Sesame Street’s friendly Big Bird. They are said to be able to kill a dog or horse, with just one kick. They are normally found in the rain forest, but have moved into busier areas in search of food after the cyclone destroyed their habitat. So you can imagine that the people of Australia are little worried now that these big guys are feeling a bit more aggressive.
Even the Guinness Book of World Records calls them “The most dangerous birds in the world” … and probably has something to do with the fact they are able to disembowel a human.
Regardless of how gigantic these birds might be, they are actually pretty harmless. Just don’t get into a fight with one. A teen boy died in the early 20s after he tried to beat one up with his brother. Bad idea. One fatal swipe of the claw, and the boy’s neck was slashed.
The problem in Australia is not that these birds are going on a deadly rampage, but rather the country’s most recent natural disaster could spell the end of the cassowary.
Officials in Australia are warning residents not to feed the birds, mostly because human interaction with any endangered species can end badly, as the birds are already wandering around in a confused state. There are only about a 1,000 left in the wild.
The Telegraph spoke to Bob Irwin, the father of the late Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter), who said it could take as long as 18 months for the area to recover from the flooding, but the cassowaries could starve in that time. There have been food drops to help the birds.
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