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RE: CLIMBING CLAWS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Bois [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Saturday, December 12, 1998 12:26 AM
> To: Ronald Orenstein
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: CLIMBING CLAWS
> I don't know if anyone saw the Discovery (I think) episode where the
> an Australian ranger makes the mistake of climbing into a
> cassowary's pen. The bird made a murderous lunge at him causing him to
> cry, as he dove over the fence: "You're a very naughty bird!"
> And how strange that so few birds--only the cassowary?--have
> both the means (vicious claw) and the nature (vicious temperament) to pose
> a serious threat to Man. Any hypotheses for that? I have one, of course.
> It is the biggest bird to nest in a forest. As such it depends upon
> cryptic coloring. However, because forests support high predator density
> such nests are prone to discovery. In Australia this is not so
> bad because a significant proportion of would-be nest predators can be
> easily bested. But "naughty birds" don't seem to do well elsewhere.
Oh! That was the Animal Channel (I think) & I believe the
was "The Crocodile Hunter"! I saw that episode, he leapt over that
though pursued by a demon! :-) And, he pretty much was! It made me
of Dromaeosaurs when I saw it, even though I realize the analogy is
But, I thought that ostriches could be potentially deadly too,
from kicking with those long, powerful legs. But, then again, their
is totally different from the cassowary.