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Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:02 AM

 

OT: Why the World's Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into People's Houses

Recently, Oceania’s most formidable ratite—the cassowary—has been breaking and entering the houses of Queensland residents, requiring wildlife officials to relocate them. Last week, a young cassowary named “Ruthie” was captured in Coquette Point after she “threatened an older man and tried to enter his Innisfail home,” according to the Brisbane Times.

While this probably conjures images of something more sinister, here’s what likely happened, according to officials: Locals had been feeding the neighborhood’s cassowaries, and habituated them to rely on people for food. Ruthie, being a hungry wild animal, approached the man expecting an easy, tasty treat. But Ruthie is also a cassowary, and sports talons that can disembowel a human, so her eager advances were more terrifying than puppy dog-like.





More at http://motherboard.vice.com/read/why-the-worlds-deadliest-bird-keeps-breaking-into-peoples-houses-cassowary-queensland

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Reply OT: Why the World's Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into People's Houses (Original post)
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Rex Aug 2016 #1
underahedgerow Aug 2016 #2
underahedgerow Aug 2016 #3
Photographer Aug 2016 #4
TreasonousBastard Aug 2016 #5
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2016 #6
suffragette Aug 2016 #7
TacoD Aug 2016 #8
Photographer Aug 2016 #9
SunSeeker Aug 2016 #10
Photographer Aug 2016 #11
SunSeeker Aug 2016 #12
Photographer Aug 2016 #13
SunSeeker Aug 2016 #14
kaiden Aug 2016 #15
Photographer Aug 2016 #16
Photographer Aug 2016 #17
SunSeeker Aug 2016 #18
LanternWaste Aug 2016 #20
SunSeeker Aug 2016 #21
LanternWaste Aug 2016 #19

Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:09 AM

1. .

 

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:14 AM

2. OMG that thing is HUGE!!!

Not so much like pigeons I think.

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:18 AM

3. 'Let's put him in a pot!' as Ruby said

in Cold Mountain.

That'd make a heckuva omelette! Roast Sunday lunch?

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:27 AM

4. More on this bird...

 

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:30 AM

5. Ouch!

http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-absolute-worst-way-to-die-in-the-wild-is-death-by-c-638534080

And why does Australia have so many miserable ways to die?

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:41 AM

6. They look like dr. Suess animals

 

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 02:19 AM

7. Yikes, that is a big bird.



http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/24/revealing-a-modern-day-velociraptor/

Standing five feet tall and topping 100 pounds, the flightless cassowary is the MMA champion of the avian world. It can jump five feet in the air, swim across rivers, and has inner toes that bear five-inch slashing blades, built to disembowel.

Though shy, these modern-day velociraptors have been known to attack and even kill humans, a prospect so “terrifying and ignominious” that Outside magazine once ranked death by cassowary as one of the 10 worst ways to die in the wild. Still, attacks on people are generally rare, mostly occur as a result of poor human judgment, and can usually be avoided by following this simple rule: do not provoke the giant bird armed with murderous dagger claws.

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Response to Photographer (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 02:36 AM

8. "World's deadliest bird" implies that it has killed a lot of people -doesn't seem to be the case nt

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Response to TacoD (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 02:59 AM

9. Actually, it does. And has. Read much before posting?

 

Can you name another bird that has killed more other than through ptomaine?

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Response to Photographer (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:31 AM

10. No reason to insult TacoD, particularly since the article mentions no killing.

The article does link to another article to substatiate the deadliness of the birds, but that article offers this:

On mainland Australia, the most recent recorded fatality occurred in April 1926 when 16-year-old Phillip McClean received an injury to the throat after running from a cassowary and falling to the ground.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/how-dangerous-are-cassowaries-really/

In other words, the bird didn't kill the kid, the fall did.

Seems to me the bird is rather calm, if the video in the OP is at all representative. There are many more dangerous critters down under to worry about than this thing. Hell, even Koalas are pretty nasty creatures. Although I will grant you that a Cassowary is fearsome looking ... and huge. I wish I had seen one when I was traveling through Australia.


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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:39 AM

11. Ah, Okay then. Let us in on another bird that has killed more people.

 

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Response to Photographer (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:54 AM

12. Chickens.

Bird kills man at cockfight | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/08/cock-kills-man-california-cockfight

How Dangerous Are Cassowaries, Really? - Scientific American Blog Network
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/how-dangerous-are-cassowaries-really/


I got the links from your article.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:59 AM

13. Chickens with razors attached to them...

 

The 2nd article is informative but does not dissuade.

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Response to Photographer (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 04:11 AM

14. The 2nd article also mentions ostriches and eagles.

Again, these links are referenced by your article.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 05:39 AM

15. I have a rooster that took a swipe at my calf.

The spurs on these bigger birds are dangerous.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:23 AM

16. Yes, but not to attrbutable dearhs.

 

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:32 AM

17. Try this: Google World's Deadliest Bird

 

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Response to Photographer (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:07 PM

18. The "danger" here is that this poor creature is on the brink of extinction.

There are only 1,500 left in the wild, due to habitat destruction from human encroachment and global warming.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:16 PM

20. With objective numbers of human death by specific bird species to support your premise?

 

With objective numbers of human death by specific bird species to support your premise?

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #20)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:58 PM

21. It is the OP who is making a premise.

I thought it was rude of the OP poster to accuse someone of not reading the OP when the OP article did not provide the facts to support its premise.

It appears to me the only ones in danger here are the poor cassowaries.

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Response to TacoD (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:13 PM

19. Seems to imply it merely kills more than any other single species of bird.

 

Seems to imply it merely kills more than any other single species of bird.

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