Cassowary news

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Subject: Cassowary news
From: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:57:43 +1000
Bad news for us along Black Mountain Road, Kuranda on Sat March 10 was a report 
of a male Cassowary with a damaged leg, still with his two chicks and down 
amongst the houses nearer the main road, where he quite often visits (and where 
the two chicks from 2011 were killed by an uncontrolled and hastily relocated 
dog in July 2011, as we learned not too long ago). 

This is very worrying, reports said his leg was swollen, and we did not see him 
at all on Sunday, when we had intermittent heavy rain all day. This morning Mar 
12 he came in with the two 5 month babies, limping and with a nasty gash along 
the heel of his left leg. This has been sprayed with Betadine and did not look 
too swollen today, and QPWS are apparently pondering about bringing an 
antibiotic filled rat in addition in a bid to stave off infection (and perhaps 
avoid the sad fate of the famous Lake Barrine male years back, which got its 
foot run over and was left untreated, then had to be put down).

He is currently sat down in the bushes near the house with the two chicks, 
sheltering from the rain and not seeming too distressed beyond walking with a 
limp. We shall see. It looks like he must have hit some sharp metal or maybe 
glass, it's a deep gash some 20 cm long but not bleeding. He has been coming 
here for getting on for 30 years and has a very good chick rearing rate, with 
the current two (out of 5 originally) due to be with him for another 4 months 
or so.

Phi & Sue Gregory 
Kuranda FNQ

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