After witnessing Earth's biggest reptile of lizard family, Komodo Dragon, my eyes were looking for the most dangerous bird Cassowary in Bali Bird Park. Soon I spotted a Southern Cassowary behind strong wooden bars, which are required not for the birds' safety, but for the visitors. And that's exactly why this the most dangerous bird of the planet.
Predominantly vegetarian, Cassowary also feeds on rats, insects, fish, mice and small animals. Males can grow to a height of 4.9-5.9 ft and female can reach up to 6 ft. A full grown Southern Cassowary can sometimes weight up to 70 Kg and run at a speed of 50km per hour. Surprisingly this bird can also jump up to 4.9 ft and they also are good swimmers.
The internet is full of stories of Cassowary attacks but not all are true. Still one can imagine the damage this bird inflicts which has dagger like claws and a huge strong beak. An otherwise calm and shy Cassowary can rip you apart if she feels threat to herself or her babies
Southern Cassowary is an endangered species because of habitat loss. As per a survey done in 2006 this bird has only 20% to 25% habitat left to survive in Australia. Illegal hunting is also a big concern for the survival of this beautiful species. I hope that the Government of Indonesia and Australia will jointly take actions to ensure the survival of Cassowary.
|Looking right in the lens|