How Dangerous Are Cassowaries, Really?

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Subject: How Dangerous Are Cassowaries, Really?
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Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:07:43 +0000
Circa 1950 a report appeared in the Melbourne Argus that a man had
entered the Cassowary enclosure at Healesville Sanctuary to take photos.
He was killed.  This incident was not mentioned in a History of the
Sanctuary which I read a few years back. I was 9 or 10 at the time and
noticed because we had been to Healesville shortly before -  we had seen
a notice on the gate saying that the birds were nesting and therefore
dangerous - do not enter! Later the inquest was reported - first time I
noticed the word Inquest.  ABC Schools broadcasts used to include a
segment from the late Crosbie Morrison, editor of 'Wildlife Magazine'
who said that Cassowaries were dangerous.  His magazine was a great
clearing-house for wildlife information in the '40s and'50s.

More recently, maybe 20 years ago,  Melbourne Zoo had at least three
Cassowaries together in a large yard. On one visit, one bird had been
confined in a smaller yard because it had been in a fight that day with
another Cassowary.  There was a long bleeding wound on its breast or
side where it had been kicked.

Anthea Fleming

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