Cassowary assistance.

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Subject: Cassowary assistance.
From: "Jon Wren" <>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 16:40:23 +1000

From ABC News Jon Wren
Last Update: Friday, May 12, 2006. 1:09pm (AEST)
NQ wildlife to benefit from grape glut
Grape growers are having trouble getting rid of their fruit this year but one solution has been to send it to north Queensland to feed hungry wildlife.

With habitat destroyed by cyclone Larry, surplus grapes from Lopresti Wines in South Australia are being fed to birds like the southern cassowary.

Scott Sullivan from Queensland's Parks and Wildlife Service says they are happy to get them.

"Generally they're eating relatively small fruits on the forest floor so we've set feed stations in a range of areas and our strategy is to draw cassowaries away from the urban environment where they're at threat from things like being run over by cars or attacked by dogs," he said.

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