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Kuranda Rainforest and Barron Gorge

July 30, 2011

I saw the “Be Aware” sign (pic 6) while walking out to Wright’s Lookout.

I have to say it gave me pause for thought: It occurred to me at that point that I don’t actually know Cassowary protocol. What’s the best response to surprising one in the wild? Is one meant to run away screaming or stay still? Stand tall, lie down and play dead, or climb a tree? Stare them down or strictly no eye contact? Does punching them on the nose really work? (or is that sharks?). To be honest, I don’t even like emus, and they don’t wear a permanent Attack Helmet like the notoriously grumpy Cassy. (does calling them “Cassy”s piss them off? Surely it can’t be any worse than the Qld Government’s “Be Cass-o-Wary” campaign…)

(ps. I’ve included descriptions/ explanations for some of these pics, so I do recommend you look at them full size. If you’re pressed for time maybe just look at the Lawyer Palm one. The others are good too though. Cheers.)

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  1. Helen H permalink
    August 1, 2011 12:13 pm

    Met a Cassowary up close and personal in a bird park in Bali recently. He did look pissed off. Wouldn’t try bashing them on the nose – that thing is pointy! LOL!

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