Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cassowary; one of the largest birds in the world is on the decline

Southern Cassowary
I did not know much about Cassowaries until sometime back when my husband travelled to Australia and saw these birds in the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville.

It seems that Cassowaries are one of the largest birds in the world next only to Ostrich and Emu.And I never thought of Cassowaries as in the same league as Ostrich and Emu.

There are three species of Cassowary, Northern, Southern, and Dwarf. The pictures in this post are of the Southern Cassowary found in Northern Queensland in Australia. The average height of an adult Cassowary is around 5 -5.9 feet. The Adult females can sometimes reach a height of 6 and half feet. They are known to live for up to 40-60 years.

Cassowaries are known not only because of their size and how they look, they are known as one of the world's most dangerous birds. Like most creatures that live in the wild they are very shy and will not disturb you unless you encroach into their territory. They are on the decline because of encroachments into their territory. They usually attack only out of self-defense or out of curiosity if one gets very close to them. They are flightless birds but they can sprint at a great speed. Together with their height, and the speed with which they sprint, they do appear dangerous, and perhaps they are after all they can cause fatal injuries and even death…

But should we not leave them in the wild and let them be instead of encroaching into their territory and trying to get close to them. These birds are sometimes tempted to come to the urban areas because of the possibility of food, and also because humans tend to feed them, but this makes them even more vulnerable to attacks by humans, vehicles, dogs…they are dangerous, but like any wild creature they are trying to survive and are protecting their territory.

I think there should be more awareness about Cassowaries otherwise
how long before they too disappear ?

Cassowary Billabong Sanctuary

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