Sad news about Cassowary

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Subject: Sad news about Cassowary
From: Phil Gregory <>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:07:43 +0000
Many thousands of people over the years have seen the Cassowaries at Cassowary 
House at Kuranda, one of the best places to see them. Sadly, all is far from 
well locally as we have now lost two big female birds in the past 18 months, 
both ostensibly from peritonitis:

Last week Sept 14 our beautiful big adult female Cassowary Missy was found dead 
in a neighbour's garden, some guests there reported a sleeping Cassowary in the 
forest, and on checking our friends found her dead, having died around Sept 14. 
 Missy was in the prime of life and should have been with us for years yet, she 
was also such a sweet tempered bird and so good with people without being tame, 
it is like losing one of the family as we'd known her for 15 years. Our Kuranda 
vet did an autopsy and apparently it was caused by peritonitis, a chronic 
inflammation of the gut, but why?

This is the second adult female to die of this in the past 18 months here and 
we do not know what is the cause, it is very worrying, we are wondering if 
someone is poisoning rats or something and the birds are taking the carrion as 
they do. Missy had been spending long periods each day earlier this month 
sitting quietly under our big Waterberry tree, she looked in good health and 
was eating normally with normal scats. Our property is a long-established haven 
for them and they know they are safe here, away from dogs, cars and logging 

All very distressing, we still have the male with one 6 week old chick coming 
daily, but just hope nothing untoward happens to them
Phil Gregory.

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