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I agree about crocodiles and cassowaries, but most people who are unlikely to 
encounter either are much more likely to find a crocodile threatening than a 
cassowary. The usual response I have had when explaining how dangerous 
cassowaries are - even while watching a living bird - is surprise. 

Ronald Orenstein 
1825 Shady Creek Court
Mississauga, ON
Canada L5L 3W2

On 2013-04-11, at 1:11 PM, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 11th, 2013 at 11:48 AM, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> 2013/4/10 Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>:
>>> There is plenty of YouTube footage of Mongolians hunting wolves using 
>>> golden eagles. The 
> speed
>>> with which the eagles kill the wolves is impressive. The wolves are 
>>> justifiably terrified of
>> the birds.
>> Ok., but surely you, as most humans (and the fear interest in movies,
>> is the movie to be scary for humans), I guess, fear more an adult
>> croc, Komodo dragon, or a large or venomous snake than any eagle
>> living today. Some extinct predatory birds would likely be able to
>> easily kill us, but as they are removed from our present collective
>> experiences, I think they do not have the same effect. Or at least I
>> speak for myself in this (I can't claim all humans feel the same).
> I'd rather be chased by a crocodile than a cassowary. At least I could 
> out-run the croc - and 
> cassowaries have a habit of aiming for the groin area.
> -- 
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> Dann Pigdon
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