Southern Cassowary

Today’s photo fact is about the Cassowary, the Australasian member of the Ratite group, which include other notable flightless fowls such as the Ostrich, Emu and the Kiwi.

With a distinct blue head and a bizarre cask on their head, they are usually shy and rarely spotted in the wild. This young one obviously hadn’t yet realised it was supposed to be shy and was found ambling across the road!

They are quite aggressive, and have been known to attack people with their powerful legs and sharp claws, so best stay out of their way and take pictures from a distance…

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