Cas­sowary alert in the trop­ics


RE­PORTS have made their way to Truckin’ in the Trop­ics from truck­ies who travel the El Ar­ish to Mis­sion Beach Hwy in the far north about a cas­sowary and its chicks reg­u­larly walk­ing across the road.

The sight­ings have been just on dark which makes see­ing the cas­sowaries much more dif­fi­cult.

Trop­ics can re­call trav­el­ling the Bruce Hwy near Tully a few years back when a cas­sowary held up traf­fic.

It stood in the mid­dle of the road for sev­eral min­utes hold­ing up ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous trucks.

No­body seemed to mind though as they got a look at one of these mag­nif­i­cent birds which fre­quent rain­for­est ar­eas in north Queens­land and are usu­ally shy.

Hu­mans are ad­vised not to get too close to cas­sowaries, es­pe­cially when they have young ones.

Cas­sowaries have three-toed feet with in­cred­i­bly sharp claws. The sec­ond toe, the in­ner one in the me­dial po­si­tion, sports a dagger-like claw that can be 125mm in length and is said to be like a nail.

These mighty birds can be found in rain­for­est ar­eas in­clud­ing on the Ather­ton Table­lands.

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