Sad news about Cassowary

To: Phil Gregory <>
Subject: Sad news about Cassowary
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:38:24 +0000
Very sad to hear!

John Tongue,
Devonport, Tas.

On 25/09/2015, at 3:07 PM, Phil Gregory <> wrote:

> 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 trucks.
> 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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