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Cassowary attacks Re: Phorusrhacids killing large mammals in National Geographic Channel




On Mon, 27 Jul 2009, Dann Pigdon wrote:
Try this:

Kofron, C.P. 1999 "Attacks to humans and domestic animals by the southern 
cassowary...". Journal
of Zoology 249(4):375-381

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=66857

wow...

http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/cassowary-attacks.htm

On Tue, Jul 28th, 2009 at 3:13 PM, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:

Do you have a reference for that incident?
[...]
Tor Bertin wrote:
If I remember right, the one recorded death (though I think there have been 
plenty of other
non-lethal cassowary attacks) was due to a pair of teenagers attacking the bird 
with baseball
bats. One kid ran away, and the cassowary knocked the other to the ground and 
punctured an
artery
in his neck with its claw.

I haven't read much on cassowary aggression, but if they're anything like the ostriches I've seen I certainly wouldn't mess with them. ;-)