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Chris Brochu wrote...
> I'd always assumed that cassowaries are more aggressive because of
> where they live. Other ratites live in open country, and their normal
> response to any kind of threat is to turn and run away. Cassowaries
> live in rain forests, and the turn-and-run option is not always open
> to them.
Emus are probably equally as aggressive as cassowaries plus, as I noted
in the text, cassowaries aren't naturally *that* aggressive - it's mostly
the behaviour of stupid humans which has given them a bad press.
Indeed, in places where cassowaries don't associate people with food,
or feel unduly threatened by them, they are relatively safe to be around
(Ron Orenstein may or may not back me up here as I know he's been in
close proximity to wild individuals - my only experience with live ones
is with a single captive individual). Field researchers in New Guinea
(e.g. Tim Flannery) also report that truly wild birds are secretive and
elusive, staying well away from people.
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