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Why is a cassowary dangerous? Will it just attack you out of nowhere or does it have to be provoked?


Little is really known about cassowary behavior. They are mostly solitary except for the breeding season. This lack of 'socialization' could lead them to be more hostile when confronted by creatures of another species, such as humans - who have been know to hunt these birds heavily in ages past. As cassowaries do not fly they resort to their fast running, or swimming, as well as physical confrontation to defend themselves since they have no 'easy-out' to the sky. Once threatened (we cannot fully understand when to expect this), these birds kick and slash with their sharp, hefty claws. Another aspect of cassowary behavior that is known: the males are incredibly territorial, since it ensures them a place for progeny and mate. Therefore, the provocation could begin as soon as you knowingly or unknowingly step onto cassowary territory and/or surprise them where they have no room to run away. In these cases cassowary could be very dangerous; they are fast, hefty birds with sharp claws at the end of powerful legs, and their survival instincts kick in.

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