Cassowary killed in Cape Trib
WILDLIFE carers are urging motorists to slow down and be extra cautious when driving through the Daintree Rainforest.
A fully grown female cassowary was struck by a car last week on Cape Tribulation Rd in Diwan.
The cassowary had extensive leg fractures and had to be put down.
Dave Pinson, Daintree Life co-founder and wildlife carer, was called to assist the endangered bird.
“I called the DES rangers and Coral Sea Vet Care, and I headed straight there to cordon off the area,” he said.
“It was very stressed as it was laying on the side of the road.
“It’s very unfortunate because every one of these birds count to their population.
“Unfortunately this happens, it’s tragic and I’m, look- ing at how this can be prevented in the future.”
Mr Pinson said speed and inattention are the biggest contributing factors to cassowary road deaths.
“I encourage people to drive to the road conditions and be cautious and observant,” he said.
“These really big birds can appear out of no where.
“For such a big bird, it’s amazing how quickly they can appear and vanish.”
Mr Pinson wants to see visitors be better educated on the cassowary population in the Daintree through improved signage and information pamphlets.
He said cassowaries patrol vast hectares of the rainforest so it was not uncommon for them to have to cross the road at some time.
Mr Pinson also wants people to lookout for tree kangaroos, very large snakes and monitor lizards along the road.
A southern cassowary was hit by a car in the Daintree.