This gorgeous looking bird is called Cassowary and unbelievably this creature can seriously injure or even kill a human. This flightless, emu-like bird is listed as Class II animals just like coyotes, wolves, hyenas, alligators and cheetahs. To pet this bird one must pass numerous tests and get a special permit from local authorities. But still fatalities can happen. Once a Florida man was attacked by one of his pet birds and later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Now you may wonder that how just a bird can kill an adult human. First thing to consider that this bird is huge. They can stand up to 6 feet, 6 inches (2 meters) tall and weigh as much as 132 pounds (60 kilograms). Their legs are the strongest ones available in nature. And with big claws, one kick is fatal enough for an average size human. Look at the leg of a Cassowary.
This is actually a cassowary claw pic.twitter.com/FJSdo6X8mo— Nick Brown 🌐🚀🗽 (@nwbvt) May 7, 2020
As far as this striking bird's appearance, it boasts bristly feathers, a vivid blue face, a duo of red flaps of skin, known as wattles, hanging from its neck and a prominent helmet (or casque) atop its head. The casque is a protective layer over the head as this bird use its head to make way in dense forest. Cassowaries have flat breastbones and are unable to fly. Their feathers are not even made to fly but they are very good runner.
They are native to tropical forests of Australia and Southeast Asia. But you have to be very lucky to see one in forest because they have excellent hearing and they will hear you coming long before you even know they are there, and they will most likely disappear into the forest to avoid you.
Have you ever seen a Cassowary egg?! Today is World Cassowary Day! Cassowaries are very important to the ecosystem! pic.twitter.com/CyJrSNpKEa— KI Wildlife Park (@KIWildlifePark) September 26, 2015
In several species of animals, the male participates in incubation and care for the young after the eggs are laid. The global ambassador for California's San Diego Zoo, Rick Schwartz said,
The female returns to her solitary life, and does not participate in incubating the eggs or caring for the young. This may be a way to allow her to have several clutches of eggs in one breeding season with different males, thus diversifying her genetics into the next generation.
He also added,
Like many species, their biggest challenges are the loss of habitat due human population growth; roads being built (causing car strikes); and human-introduced species of animals raiding nests. The good news is that the governments of the countries cassowaries call home are stepping up their conservation efforts.