Giant Bird Knocks Man Off Cliff
April 16, 2012
In Australia – “angry birds” isn’t just a computer game:
HIS shirt ripped and his backside bruised, a West Australian man chased off a cliff by a cassowary says the experience hasn’t put him off returning to the Far North for another holiday.
Dennis Ward was at Babinda Boulders with his Innisfail-based family on Sunday, watching from what he thought was a safe distance as a photographer snapped pictures of a large male cassowary.
Just minutes later Mr Ward was bouncing down the cliff and into the water, after being kicked in the back by the bullying bird.
And we are talking about some very big and strong birds:
Adult Southern Cassowaries are 1.5 to 1.8 metres (4.9–5.9 ft) tall, although some females may reach 2 metres (6.6 ft), and weigh 58.5 kilograms (129 lb).
Mr. Ward was a good sport about it all:
“What a holiday story to tell – flew into Cairns one day and the next I am attacked by a giant chook!”
(“Chook” is Austraian for
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