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Cassowary: The bird dangerous to humans, is endangered

The Cassowary, an imposing flightless bird known for its lethal attacks, wields sharp claws and faces endangerment amid human encroachment. Despite historical attempts at domestication, its perilous nature and endangered status underscore a precarious future amidst environmental changes and habitat loss.

Cassowary: The bird dangerous to humans, is endangered vkp
First Published Nov 16, 2023, 4:37 PM IST

Birds have long been revered for their grace, beauty, and symbolic representation of peace. Among the myriad species that grace our skies, one stands out not for its charming appearance but for its remarkable danger. The Cassowary, a colossal flightless bird primarily found in Australia and Southeast Asia, has gained notoriety as one of the most perilous birds in existence.

Standing an imposing 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing approximately 60 kg, these birds might resemble ostriches or emus at first glance. However, it's their lethal potential that has etched them into the annals of notoriety. The Cassowary's claim to fame as the world's most dangerous bird was solidified after a harrowing incident in 2019 when a 75-year-old man in Florida fell victim to a vicious attack by this giant bird.

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What makes this bird so hazardous?

Beyond its physical stature, the Cassowary possesses uniquely powerful legs armed with sharp claws, with some reaching up to 12 cm in length. Normally reclusive, these birds unleash their formidable defence mechanism when threatened, utilizing their claws to fend off perceived dangers. Unfortunately, these attacks can result in severe injuries, and in tragic cases, they can even prove fatal.

The Cassowary's notoriety is not a recent phenomenon; historical records dating back thousands of years reveal human attempts to domesticate these birds in Papua New Guinea for their eggs, meat, and feathers. Despite this, the Cassowary now teeters on the brink of endangerment, a stark contrast to its past interactions with humans.

One striking aspect of the Cassowary is its unique and endangered status. This magnificent bird, which strikes fear into the hearts of those who encounter it, faces a precarious future due to various factors threatening its existence.

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An event that echoes through time, a 16-year-old hunter's encounter with a Cassowary back in 1926 seems eerily reminiscent of the 2019 attack. These incidents underscore the consistent danger these birds pose, perpetuating a sense of fear among those who chance upon them, particularly along the Australian coastline.

The Cassowary's complex existence, juxtaposing its captivating yet fearsome nature, adds a layer of mystique to the avian world. As humans continue to encroach upon natural habitats and environmental changes take their toll, the future of these powerful yet perilous creatures hangs in the balance.

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