Residents in Queensland, Australia have been warned about the possible emergence of killer birds – southern cassowaries – from their normally elusive rainforest range. According to The Journal, recent floods and Cyclone Yasi have destroyed many of the birds’ nests and they have been seen wandering greater distances for undamaged food sources, primarily fruit crops.
Southern cassowaries can reach up to six feet tall and have vicious talons capable of disemboweling intruders, including humans, if they feel threatened. Despite those formidable characteristics, however, these birds are not overtly aggressive unless provoked. Anyone seeing a cassowary should avoid feeding the bird or otherwise disturbing it.
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